My latest post is an important extract on how to improve the lives of the poor now from Bannerjee and Duflo’s latest book, POOR ECONOMICS: Barefoot Hedge-fund Managers, DIY Doctors  & and the Surprising Truth about Life on Less than $1 a Day (Penguin, 2011) pp.267-273. “We don’t understand very well why things suddenly fire […]

Affirming Our Common Humanity Since the rhetoric of race and religion these days has often become a source of discord in multicultural societies, it might be worthwhile to investigate the nature and types of diversity in our society. We could get people to voluntarily share their firsthand experience with diversity.  How they have come together […]

Good Economics for Hard Times:  Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems This book by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo (Penguin Random House UK , 2019, is a deeply inspiring and moving book primarily concerned about how to deal with poverty and the very great inequality that still exists in the world today. The appeal of […]

Making Sense of New Ideas What kind of learning are we aiming for when we ask our students to prepare for and participate in tutorials? The activities a student is asked to undertake should require him to make sense of new ideas. Only then will he be able to claim ownership of these new ideas […]

Research involves the planned and systematic investigation of a serious topic. It can range from fairly simple, straightforward research projects which pre-university, college and university students can undertake, to more complex studies  for those  pursuing a Master’s and doctoral degree.  Too many students are fearful about research and the academic writing they are expected to […]