In the summer of 2012 I read two books (ok, I read more than two books, these are just two highlights) More Than Good Intentions By Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel and Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstien. Both of these books were incredibly insightful and fun to read—a rare combination in books about policy, poverty, economics, and psychology.
I’ve wanted to write a blog piece about these books and their implications for quite some time, but never felt quite ready. That is, until now. What follows is a blog piece that took me over a year to write.