The winner is Muhammad Yunus, economist (!) and founder of the micro-credit movement, along with his Grameen Bank. Here is the story. Here is his Wikipedia entry. Here is my New York Times column on micro-credit. Here is the best piece on what we know about micro-credit. Here is Yunus’s book on micro-credit, which also serves as a memoir and autobiography. It is a captivating and well-written story.
This is a wonderful choice. The funny thing is, they never would have considered this guy for the Economics prize.
I would write more, but a) read my column, and b) the Topalov-Kramnik sudden death speed chess tiebreakers are being played this morning, watch them live here. Susan Polgar offers running commentary here.