William Easterly – USA

Linked with The Development Research Institute dri, with Center for Global Development, with A Modest Proposal, with Afrika: Ein hoffnungsloser Kontinent, with William Easterly’s Videos, and with The West Can’t Save Africa.

He says: ”After $2.3 trillion over 5 decades, why are the desperate needs of the world’s poor still so tragically unmet? Isn’t it finally time for an end to the impunity of foreign aid?”.

He says also: “They [the poor] are effectively customers of this multi-billion dollar aid industry but lack the ability to give feedback and influence the type of aid they receive”.

Read his text ‘Why Doesn’t Aid Work?’ on CATO unbound.

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William Easterly – USA

Read his text: Think Again, Debt Relief.

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. William Easterly received his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. He spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank.

He is the author of The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001), 3 other co-edited books, and 46 articles in refereed economics journals. His work has been discussed in media outlets like National Public Radio, the BBC, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The Economist, The New Yorker, Forbes, Business Week, the Financial Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Easterly’s areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth and the effectiveness of foreign aid. He has worked in most areas of the developing world, most heavily in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Easterly is an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and of the Journal of Development Economics. He was born in West Virginia and grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Read all on wikipedia).

Read ‘Reliving the ’50s: The Big Push, Poverty Traps, and Takeoffs in Economic Development‘, Working Paper 65, August 16, 2005.

Read ‘Debate: Is foreign aid working?

Research: Publications, Working Papers, Case Studies and Book Chapters;

He wrote the book ‘The white man’s burden’. Book reviews: on amazon; and on Barnes & Noble.

He views Jeff Sachs’s proposals as dangerously naive. See this in his article on the Washinton Post, on a 22 minutes Google video with Jeffrey Sachs, and also described on wikipedia.

All his books on amazon.co.uk.


The Globalist;

at the NY University;

Amartya Sen, From Foreign Affairs, March/April 2006;

The Poverty Puzzle.

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