Middlebury Voices

Voyage of Discovery: Andrew Locke ’11 is exploring how governments and NGOs can use policy to fight poverty

Andrew Locke ’11 discovered the power of behavioral economics in a class at Middlebury and has never looked back. “I realized you could use math in a concrete way to explain why things are the way they are” and effect change, he says. Andrew spent the past two years running randomized trials in Chennai, India, to assess various methods of addressing poverty and to determine what works and what does not. “A billion people don’t have the means to pursue a life of opportunity,” he says. “I’m here [India] because I want to supply people with the tools they need to fight” poverty. 

“If you’re motivated to build social change, you can do it anywhere.”