Giving Freedom: How Direct Cash Transfers are Reshaping the Way We Help the Extreme Poor with Paul Niehaus -- Degrees of Freedom

4/6/2015; 50 minutes

What is the best way to help the poor? Giving money to charities and non-governmental organizations that then determine how the money should be allocated? Or giving cash directly to those who need it most and letting them decide how to spend it? Economist Paul Niehaus offers evidence that suggests direct cash transfers are more effective in reducing poverty, and describes GiveDirectly, a program he co-founded that allows donors to select recipients and transfer cash through mobile phones. Niehaus is presented as part of the "Degrees of Freedom" series at UC San Diego. (#29102)

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