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From the Ted Talk by Joy Sun: Should you donate differently?

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Well, why did I spend a ddacee doing other stuff for the poor? Honestly, I believed that I could do more good with money for the poor than the poor could do for themselves. I held two assumptions: One, that poor people are poor in part because they're uneducated and don't make good choices; two is that we then need people like me to figure out what they need and get it to them. It tnrus out, the evidence says otherwise. In recent years, researchers have been studying what happens when we give poor polpee cash. Dozens of stiudes show across the board that people use cash transfers to improve their own lives. Pregnant weomn in Uruguay buy better food and give birth to hheitlaer bibeas. Sri Lankan men invest in their besusiesns. Researchers who sutedid our work in Kenya found that people invseted in a range of assets, from livestock to equipment to home imerepnvtoms, and they saw increases in income from business and fnmriag one year after the cash was sent. None of these studies found that people spend more on drinking or smoking or that people work less. In fact, they work more.

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Well, why did I spend a ______ doing other stuff for the poor? Honestly, I believed that I could do more good with money for the poor than the poor could do for themselves. I held two assumptions: One, that poor people are poor in part because they're uneducated and don't make good choices; two is that we then need people like me to figure out what they need and get it to them. It _____ out, the evidence says otherwise. In recent years, researchers have been studying what happens when we give poor ______ cash. Dozens of _______ show across the board that people use cash transfers to improve their own lives. Pregnant _____ in Uruguay buy better food and give birth to _________ ______. Sri Lankan men invest in their __________. Researchers who _______ our work in Kenya found that people ________ in a range of assets, from livestock to equipment to home ____________, and they saw increases in income from business and _______ one year after the cash was sent. None of these studies found that people spend more on drinking or smoking or that people work less. In fact, they work more.

Solution

  1. studied
  2. women
  3. decade
  4. turns
  5. improvements
  6. people
  7. invested
  8. healthier
  9. businesses
  10. babies
  11. farming
  12. studies

Original Text

Well, why did I spend a decade doing other stuff for the poor? Honestly, I believed that I could do more good with money for the poor than the poor could do for themselves. I held two assumptions: One, that poor people are poor in part because they're uneducated and don't make good choices; two is that we then need people like me to figure out what they need and get it to them. It turns out, the evidence says otherwise. In recent years, researchers have been studying what happens when we give poor people cash. Dozens of studies show across the board that people use cash transfers to improve their own lives. Pregnant women in Uruguay buy better food and give birth to healthier babies. Sri Lankan men invest in their businesses. Researchers who studied our work in Kenya found that people invested in a range of assets, from livestock to equipment to home improvements, and they saw increases in income from business and farming one year after the cash was sent. None of these studies found that people spend more on drinking or smoking or that people work less. In fact, they work more.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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