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Reading Quiz Questions Weeks 1-4 1. What are two methodological difficulties involved with measuring poverty? Relative concept. It is hard to get a good representative concept; poverty can be defined by income, caloric intake, assets, consumption. 2. Why might it be problematic to equate “the poor” with “the hungry?” What evidence do Banerjee and Duflo provide to argue their case? Poor people are often depicted as a people who lack choices. Banarjee and Duflo prove that they do have choices. The poor are often depicted as not having enough to eat, but many of the poor do not use all their money for food. They spend it on other commodities-and on importance forms of entertainment such as festivals. 3. Why might poor people spend more on festivals than on “western” forms of entertainment like movies? Festivals strengthen their social bonds. They need these informal social networks because they do not have access to formal insurance. 4. What is the problem of small scale?
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course IDS 100B taught by Professor Ross during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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