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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