Professor Yunus on â€œsocial businessâ€ and the conquest of poverty: a dissenting view
AbstractIn his new book Professor Muhammad Yunus, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, proposes a novel strategy for the elimination of poverty worldwide. This strategy relies on the presumed effectiveness of what he calls â€œsocial businessâ€ in transforming the nature of the capitalist system, which thus (he supposes) will become capable of achieving all desired social improvements. We take the view however that the concept of â€œsocial businessâ€ is empty and irrelevant, and that Yunusâ€™s thesis in fact implies the untenable proposition that (apparently) all social problems could be resolved by cost-covering interventions â€“ thus denying that a significant role exists for charitable or governmental actions, which, in reality, are indispensable.
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Date of creation: Nov 2008
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- G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
- I39 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Other
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- NEP-ALL-2008-12-01 (All new papers)
- NEP-HPE-2008-12-01 (History & Philosophy of Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-12-01 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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- Morduch, Jonathan, 1999. "The role of subsidies in microfinance: evidence from the Grameen Bank," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 60(1), pages 229-248, October.
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