When Conventional Wisdom Is Put on Trial

September 28, 2018

(Undark) – Leigh, a former economist at Australian National University, fills his account with tantalizing examples that reinforce the Scared Straight lesson: When we go with our gut, we’re often wrong. Making teenage girls care for a demanding baby doll does not diminish, but according to one study actually doubles their risk of teen pregnancy. (Those baby dolls are cute.) Advancing microcredit in the developing world does not significantly raise household income. (It just puts people in debt.) Annual physicals do nothing to prevent illness.

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