What do we really know about the spread of AIDS?

11 11 2009

Professor Oster is my teacher of micro-economics at Chicago Booth.

I would like to talk about her absolutely amazing presentation at TED. Professor Oster rebates many of the believes that are commonly accepted about AIDS in Africa:

  1. 25 Million people infected with AIDS in Africa
  2. If we decrease poverty, we will decrease AIDS
  3. African countries should follow the example of Uganda to combat AIDS. Uganda’s AIDS policy is based on education

What is really amazing and innovative about Professor Oster is that she is using economics to decipher a problem that is usually part of epidemiology or public health.


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