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Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

Thank you! I've been thinking along similar lines, actually, although I'd like to do some more research on the first bullet point. It seems plausible, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's actually true, and it seems very important to have a good idea of whether it's true.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

Fascinating. Thanks for this alternative perspective. I certainly need to read more.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

I think his point was related to development via protection, etc., that was then loosened somewhat. But not sure.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

I agree. I'm concerned about the same, and want to look at both

  • some of the evidence for myself; and
  • some of what others think, both through my new stack of books on development (from Abhijit & Banerjee to Acemoglu & Robinson to Jeffrey Sachs to Ha-Joon Chang - I'm excited!) and through conversations.

I just haven't been able to do it yet, since I'm in the middle of an internship. That's why I wrote this post with some first thoughts.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

This is fair, although I take Richard's point below as well. (I'm not sure about its truth, because I don't know enough about China or Africa.)

I think the point is that there are two points

  • Poverty in China has decreased recently
  • Poverty in Africa has (arguably) increased recently

(Hickel claims that China's very non-neoliberal policy enriched its people, while African countries' mandated structural adjustments impoverished its people. I don't know enough to say if this is true, but it's another reason Hickel excludes China.)

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

So much here! Once I've read and thought more, I'll try to give these all a shot. Right now, I don't have answers to most of them.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

Yes, I think this is correct. It's worth thinking about what the best path would be - and, although I'm leaning more and more towards a graduate degree in economics, I'm still uncertain and I agree that it wouldn't be necessary for every type of policy work.

As for social entrepreneurship vs structural change, this is difficult because

(a) for-profit social enterprises may be more sustainable because of a lack of reliance on grants that may not materialise;

(b) policy change is much harder to achieve (perhaps) than even a successful social enterprise.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

Very interesting! I will let you know. I definitely want to spend some time just looking at the data for myself, and will let you know when I come to some (tentative) conclusions.

Systemic change, global poverty eradication, and a career plan rethink: am I right?

Thank you! Lots of food for thought - need to get back to my internship, but I look forward to thinking and reading more about the things you mention.

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