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How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Edited by Bjorn Lomborg, this abridged version of the highly acclaimed Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a serious yet accessible springboard for debate and discussion on the world's most serious problems, and what we can do to solve them. In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money. This unique b ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 183 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published June 12th 2006)
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Anthony
Oct 26, 2007 Anthony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Non-profitables
From the Copenhagen Consensus convened by Lomborg, top economists gathered to assess which social problems deserve immediate attention and funding, the fruits of which are manifest in this book. Realizing that money is scarce while global issues are not, the Consensus established a prioritization model based on cost-benefit payouts where challenges like the spread of HIV/AIDS and malnutrition merit immediate care and carbon taxes and guest-worker programs do not.

The book's concept is excellent,
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Andrew Hoffman
Shows that it is hard to get your mind around how exactly to make the biggest difference in the world and that simple answers usually feel a little forced.
Brandur
Pulls together recommendations of the Copenhagen Concensus, a meeting that asked what problems experts and policy-makers should address, given $50 billion to spend. Good material is covered, but it's not quite as engaging as Bjorn's previous hit.
Mckinley
Interesting book. First comes a chapter about a global issues. Following it, is commentary by other economists on the viability and issues outlined in the previous chapter. An interesting way to better understand the problems and solutions.
Maciej
Some Swedish guy complains about how we're not spending money on common sense shit.
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