Wow, I like this lady alot. She really makes you think about things in a new way! By looking at AIDs from an economic standpoint and re-examining the assumptions made already, she really turns the epidemic upside down. Her points were validated when the UNAIDS foundation revised it’s estimates of the number of world-wide AIDs patients way down. But like she says, growth of the epidemic is still way up. I love how she addresses policy issues, without trying to say who should do what, she just says we need to think again... long and hard, about how we need to fight this scourge.
Here is a link to her talk at TED... it’s a VERY good watch.
TED | Talks | Emily Oster: What do we really know about the spread of AIDS? (video)
And here is some links to her other works;
TED | Speakers | Emily Oster
Check this out, you won’t be disappointed. (Well, maybe you will if you think we should just ignore AIDs.)