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4 ways to improve the lives of the "bottom billion": Paul Collier on TED.com

Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poverty by a simple piece of bad luck: being born in a poor country. What makes countries chronically poor? How can we help raise living standards for the “bottom billion” who live there? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor — and makes a compelling case that we must. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 16:55.)

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