Additional Resources

  • Freakonomics Podcast: #181 Fixing the World, Bang-for-the-Buck Edition
    Originally Broadcast 10/2/2014
    “A team of economists has been running the numbers on the U.N.’s development goals. They have a different view of how those billions of dollars should be spent.”
  • Planet Money Podcast: #480: The Charity That Just Gives People Money
    Originally Broadcast 8/16/2013
    GiveDirectly is a charity that just gives money to poor people. The people who get the money can spend it on whatever they want. They never have to pay it back. On today’s show, we hear from someone who got money from GiveDirectly, from one of the founder’s of the group, and from a few other people in the charity world.”
  • Planet Money Podcast: #494: What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?
    Originally Broadcast 11/8/2013
    “There’s a charity called GiveDirectly that gives money to poor people in Kenya — no strings attached. When we did a story about GiveDirectly earlier this year, they told us we needed to check back in. It turned out, they were in the middle of a big study designed to figure out what happens when people get money for nothing. Do they invest it? Waste it? Something in between?”
  • “Measuring the Bang of Every Donated Buck” by Alice Hohler
    “Ask enough people why they don’t donate more to charity and a common theme emerges. Many potential donors worry that charities will waste their money. Measuring the impact charities have on the problems they seek to solve—and, in some cases, deciding whether one cause is more deserving than another—has become a pressing issue for the multitrillion-dollar philanthropy industry.”
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