Mar 26th, 2014
By William Easterly, Seattle Times SOMEHOW — probably my own fault — I have wound up on Bill Gates’ list of the world’s most misguided economists. Gates singled me out by name in his annual 2014 letter to his foundation as an “aid critic” spreading harmful myths about ineffective aid programs. I actu...
Nov 6th, 2012
By Jeremy Weate The development sector has for the past few years been criticised for being ineffectual. This has come both from ex-insiders, such as Owen Barder and William Easterly, as well as those outside the sector, most notably by Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid, who continues to yearn for an African ...
Oct 29th, 2010
One would think that in 2010 the debate over whether human rights should be mortgaged in favor of economic growth would have died. But last week’s New Yorker featured a profile of the World Bank’s Chief Economist and a discussion of the theory that authoritarian states can achieve better ...