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Greene Street: A Long History of a Short Block

NYU’s Development Research Institute (DRI) is proud to announce the launch of the Greene Street Project. The project, based on the academic paper, A Long History of a Short Block: Four Centuries of Development Surprises on a Single Stretch of a New York City Street, is a study

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

Bill Gates’ Dictator Problem

NPR’s The Takeaway asks in an interview with one of our local troublemakers this week, are billionaire philanthropists the true champions in the fight against poverty? Listen to at least part of the audio to get the tone of the critique, as well as read the selected

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

This is not a satire

Communiqué Meeting of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in Bali, Indonesia, 27 March 2013 We discussed how to build a global partnership … for our development agenda….global ownership of a shared development agenda…. consulted with a range of stakeholders……. a renewed Global

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.