The Lean Startup and Poor Economics may seem like very different boks. While the first is a business book for startups, the second one is about development economics. Yet after reading them back to back, I realized they are not only about the same thing (learning), but that together they suggest a very slick method to think about economic development. In Poor Economics,...
BACK in 2008 I wrote a piece where I suggest a framework for thinking about development called freedom diagnostics. The idea is that policy-makers can focus their efforts on those policies which give the greatest bang for the buck in terms of human capabilities (or as Amartya Sen calls them, freedoms). The way to do it is to focus on the interactions amongst these freedoms. At the time I was...