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

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Well, why did I snped a decade doing other stuff for the poor? Honestly, I believed that I could do more good with meony 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 yraes, researchers have been studying what happens when we give poor people cash. Dozens of sduties show across the board that people use cash transfers to improve their own lives. panrgent women in Uruguay buy better food and give birth to haiteehlr babies. Sri Lankan men invest in their bsesisneus. Researchers who sedutid our work in knyea found that ppeloe invested in a range of assets, from livestock to equipment to home improvements, and they saw increases in iocmne from buenisss 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.

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Well, why did I _____ a decade doing other stuff for the poor? Honestly, I believed that I could do more good with _____ 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 _____, researchers have been studying what happens when we give poor people cash. Dozens of _______ show across the board that people use cash transfers to improve their own lives. ________ women in Uruguay buy better food and give birth to _________ babies. Sri Lankan men invest in their __________. Researchers who _______ our work in _____ found that ______ invested in a range of assets, from livestock to equipment to home improvements, and they saw increases in ______ from ________ 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.

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  9. kenya
  10. businesses
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  12. money

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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.

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