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How Not to Teach Children about Poverty

Meet Shameela, 5, a stateless child from a Thai refugee camp. Shameela’s battered shack has holes in the roof and walls. She has to share an outdoor bathroom with 100 other people. Shameela is crying while a photographer takes her portrait. Meet Harrison, 8, who

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

Book Launch: The Great Escape by Angus Deaton

  We were honored to host Angus Deaton last week for a lecture on his brand new book The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality. A standing-only crowd piled in to hear Deaton, Professor of International Affairs and  Economics at Princeton, discuss humanity’s

Favorite book of a lifetime

(in the category: nonfiction but not in my own field) I recently re-read a book that I first read almost 30 years ago, which I have remembered ever since as perhaps the best book I ever read. Re-reading after 30 years is a severe test.

The woman who would not shut up

I have been reading Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.  Despite being a self-appointed feminist, I feel unqualified to comment on many of the debates around the book. But what inspired me and reminded me of development discussions

A. Lincoln reviews Jeb Bush’s new immigration book

Jeb Bush’s new book, Immigration Wars, has attracted attention for its proposal of a second-class status for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, that they could become permanent legal residents, but not citizens. A former Congressman from Illinois, A. Lincoln, received an advance copy of

How to thrive on chaos

From Matt Ridley’s review of new Nassim Taleb book, Antifragile, in Wall Street Journal: From the textile machinery of the industrial revolution to the discovery of many pharmaceutical drugs, it was tinkering and evolutionary serendipity we have to thank, not design from first principles. Mr.