Browse By

All posts by DRI admin

Job Opening: Social Media Assistant

Summary: The Development Research Institute is seeking a Social Media Assistant to support the social media outreach of the institute. Our ideal candidate is self-motivated and a problem solver; creative thinker with strong writing skills; with extensive experience with social media content and data and is

Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order

DRI POLICY BRIEFING Housing Affordability: Top-Down Design and Spontaneous Order  By Alain Bertaud   Executive Summary Urban planners are suspicious of spontaneous order, associating it with chaos and anarchy. As much as top-down design is indispensable for the construction of city infrastructure, it too often imposes

Discussing Unconditional Cash Transfers

Possibly the most controversial recent development endeavor is one with the most minimalist design – “just giving money to poor people.” Unconditional cash transfers, said to be less expensive and less paternalistic than in-kind aid or conditional payments, have gained wide exposure and generated many

2014 Conference Materials: Cities and Development

  Thank you for your interest in DRI’s 2014 Annual Conference! Please check the DRI webpage for a conference recap with photos and full-length talk videos, and the Greene Street study website for more information on the paper by William Easterly, Laura Freschi, and Steven Pennings. Tuesday, November 18,

Then and Now: Migrant Labor Edition

On the left is one of photographer and muckraker Jacob Riis’ most famous photos, “Five Cents a Spot,” taken with newly-developed flash photography technology in 1888. At the end of the 1800s and beginning of the 1900s, immigration to the US spiked, and millions of laborers from Russia, Germany, Italy,

Book Launch: The Tyranny of Experts by William Easterly

Last Monday we had the pleasure of hosting a few of our closest friends at Cooper Union’s Great Hall to celebrate the launch of Professor Easterly’s new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Paul Romer gave a gracious

It’s time to start the debate that never happened

 Monday, March 3, 2014 The Great Hall, Cooper Union, New York City William Easterly will present a short talk on his new book* released on the same date Featuring an introduction from NYU University Professor Paul Romer Doors open at 6:00, the trouble begins at

"We" Davos Men will save the world

Bill Easterly responds to Bill and Melinda Gates’ Annual Letter: Mr Gates says there has been much progress, but that “we’ll need to apply human ingenuity and act on our compassion” to keep it going. Conversely, he equates the idea that “the world is getting