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1 Good Intentions and Bad Economics of Philanthrotourism – 4 questions about our place in development Thomas Soerens

2 Questions n Is it worth the money? n What are the effects on the local economy? n What does it change? n Are you a seeker or a planner?

3 Is it worth the money? n Wage in Belize: $10 - $30 per day $3700/$10 = 370 days = 37 guys for 10 days.$3700/$10 = 370 days = 37 guys for 10 days. n How do we justify? Your educationYour education Motivational speakerMotivational speaker n Philanthrotourism

4 What are the effects on the local economy? n Do they want our used junk?Do they want our used junk? Are t-shirts a priority need?Are t-shirts a priority need? How much do they cost to ship?How much do they cost to ship? n Donated food Put local farmers out of business?Put local farmers out of business? National economies built on foreign aidNational economies built on foreign aid n Importing stuff versus tariffs, etc. Micro: try to use local economyMicro: try to use local economy Macro: India in 80s versus todayMacro: India in 80s versus today

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12 Planner vs Seeker n Planner Does Foreign aid work?Does Foreign aid work? –http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id= http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id= n Seeker Probability ExerciseProbability Exercise –Team 1: committee makes guess –Team 2: each one takes a guess


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