The last thing I want to do is be a PhD who passes the buck on to the next generation. I know I can't single-handedly do it, but I want to be part of the generation that realizes this goal. And I think I can help realize this goal by sharing that message that we can end extreme poverty, that it doesn't take a lot to make a big difference.
-Shawn Ahmed aka UnCultured speaking to CBC as he gets ready to go to Davos
Shawn and I have had some friendly sparring on twitter, but I do have to congratulate him for being invited to Davos. However, I do not think that PhDs necessarily 'pass the buck on to the next generation.' I am going to assume he did not mean it that way, but there are plenty of PhDs doing some very important research in international development. Just ask CGDev, J-PAL, IPA, Aid Watchers, Owen Barder, Chris Blattman, Esther Duflo and many more.