Tuesday, May 25, 2010

This American Life on Haiti and Development Economics

If you're interested in development economics and/or Haiti, you absolutely have to listen to this This American Life podcast. It has almost everything: insecure property rights, infrastructure problems, education, health, incompetent NGOs, justifiably skeptical Haitians, and the hazards of central planning. The focus is on attempts to improve the mango industry, one of Haiti's few exports. What's missing is discussion of how markets can solve some of these problems, but it's lurking in the background.

You might also enjoy this Bob Murphy story about his experience in Haiti.

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