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A Debate on William Easterly’s New Book: The Tyranny of Experts
April 02, 2014
Why does poverty persist across so much of the world, despite billions of dollars in international aid and the efforts of development professionals? William Easterly’s answer, as proposed in his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor, is a lack ...
Reinventing Foreign Aid
July 31, 2008
In Reinventing Foreign Aid, CGD non-resident fellow William Easterly has gathered top scholars in the field to discuss how to improve foreign aid. These authors, Easterly points out, are not claiming that their ideas will (to invoke a current slogan) Make Poverty History. Rather, they take on specif...
Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth - Working Paper 94
August 07, 2006
This new working paper co-authored by CGD non-resident fellow William Easterly shows that measures of social cohesion--such as income inequality and ethnic fractionalization--are an important determinant of institutional quality, which is in turn an important determinant of economic policies and gro...
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Easterly Urges Independent Evaluation of Foreign Aid
March 27, 2006
William Easterly, author of The White Man's Burden: Why The West's Efforts To Aid The Rest Have Done So Much Ill And So Little Good, has added his voice to the growing demand for independent evaluation of foreign aid. A professor at New York University and a CGD non-resident fellow, Easterly said in...
Reliving the '50s: The Big Push, Poverty Traps, and Takeoffs in Economic Development - Working Paper 65
August 16, 2005
Bill Easterly challenges a central rationale of the push for the 2015 Millennium Development Goals: the idea that poverty can be overcome with a big push in foreign aid and investment. Instead, change must come from the bottom up, he says.
The Cartel of Good Intentions: Markets vs. Bureaucracy in Foreign Aid - Working Paper 4
July 13, 2005
The tragedy of foreign aid is not that it didn't work; it was never really tried. A group of well-meaning national and international bureaucracies dispensed foreign aid under conditions in which bureaucracy does not work well. The hostile environment under which such aid agencies functioned induced ...