Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change

SUBSCRIBE | HELP

Economic Development
 

Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor

 

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

By Robert D. Putnam | Reviewed By Bill Shore

The conditions faced by young people in the United States highlight the impact of growing inequality.

 

Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development

By Daniel Immerwahr | Reviewed By Michael Weinstein

For policy makers today, earlier efforts to promote local community organizing yield relatively few lessons.

 

Only One Thing Can Save Us: Why America Needs a New Kind of Labor Movement

By Thomas Geoghegan | Reviewed By Thomas A. Kochan

New ideas on how to empower US workers involve breaking free of current labor law.

 
the_zero_marginal_cost_society_jeremy_rifkin

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

By Jeremy Rifkin | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

A "big think" look at the future of capitalism fails to reckon with the factors that make capitalism so resilient.

 

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

By William Easterly | Reviewed By Kevin Starr

The limits of technocratic, one-size-fits-all approaches to economic development have become all too evident.

 

Why Philanthropy Matters: How the Wealthy Give, and What It Will Mean for Our Economic Well-Being

By Zoltan J. Acs | Reviewed By Robin Rogers

The disruptive force of the "new philanthropy" holds the promise of helping to reduce inequality. But will it actually do so?

 
Reverse_Innovation_Cover

Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere

By Vijay Govindarajan & Chris Trimble | Reviewed By Paul van der Boor

A "reverse innovation" guru provides anecdotes and advice about how to succeed in emerging markets.

 
The_Great_Stagnation:_How_America_Ate_All_the_Low-Hanging_Fruit_of_Modern_History,_Got_Sick,_and_Will(Eventually)_Feel_Better_Tyler_Cowen

The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better

By Tyler Cowen | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Two economists offer opposite explanations about why job growth in the United States and other developed economies remains extremely weak.

 

Race Against The Machine

By Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Two economists offer opposite explanations about why job growth in the United States and other developed economies remains extremely weak.

 
POOR ECONOMICS:
A Radical Rethinking
of the Way to Fight
Global Poverty
Abhijit Banerjee &
Esther Duflo

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

By Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo | Reviewed By Timothy Ogden

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo