Book Club meeting

The book club meets at the Madhatter in south Dupont. The book is Poor Economics by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo.

I will make a reservation for the group under the name Andrew/Book Club. Just ask for the Andrew table when you get there.

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  • Steve

    Monday we talked a lot about RCTs and education. I just saw this article on the two. A large scale, long term RTC comparing private and public schools in India.

    "However, private schools spend
    significantly less instructional time on [math and Telugu], and use the extra time to teach more English,
    Science, Social Studies, and Hindi. Averaged across all subjects, lottery winners score 0.13 σ higher,
    and students who attend private schools score 0.23 σ higher."

    "Finally, the mean
    cost per student in the private schools in our sample is less than a third of the cost in public schools.
    Our results suggest that private schools in this setting deliver (slightly) better test score gains than
    their public counterparts, and do so at substantially lower costs per student."

    February 5, 2014

  • Kamilah

    I was really looking forward to this, however, I am under the weather and this rain/snow is not making it better. Have a great discussion!

    February 3, 2014

  • Steve

    Here's a Twitter debate between Jeffrey Sachs and Ryan Briggs, who teaches development economics at American University. It's an amusing dissection of Sachs' world view.

    January 28, 2014

  • Ginny W.

    FYI: This is the set of two videos I had asked about watching for a future discussion--a documentary by BBC entitled "The Power of Nightmares." "... the films compare the rise of the American Neo-Conservative movement and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and noting strong similarities between the two."

    January 7, 2014

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