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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

Dissidents and Philanthropists

VALUABLE UPDATE! 12:22 PM 8/2/2012 GiveWell gives its side of the conversation (see end of this post) Had a conversation with Holden Karnofsky and Stephanie Wykstra of the philanthrophy firm GiveWell, along with an anonymous philanthropy adviser.   I enjoyed the spirited give and take.  At the

Not Knowing as the Place to Start

Maurice Lim Miller’s innovative idea was that he didn’t know how to end poverty. He had worked for years for non-profits in San Francisco. One night the mayor called him at home and invited Miller to his office to pitch whichever program he thought would

Deaton v Banerjee, the short version

In March, Abhijit Banerjee and Angus Deaton, two of the most brilliant development economists of our time, squared off at DRI’s Debates in Development conference. Here’s the four-minute version: For Banerjee, co-author with Esther Duflo of Poor Economics, development experiments are valuable because they force researchers to think rigorously

Easterly and Banerjee on World Bank Nominee Jim Kim

The new US nominee for World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, has some surprising opinions on the effects of economic growth. The BBC World Business Report interviewed both Bill Easterly and Abhijit Banerjee on the controversy. Listen to the 9-minute interview here:

Raquel Fernández in Conversation with The Straddler

The Straddler interviews Raquel Fernandez, Professor of Economics and a DRI affiliated faculty member, on culture’s impact on economic outcomes: Economists essentially have a sophisticated lack of understanding of economics, especially macroeconomics. I know it sounds ridiculous. But the reason why I tell people they should study

Professor Easterly Speaks at the Carnegie Council

Why is honesty so important? Professor Easterly discussed this cardinal value in his own career, and in the context of international development, with Julia Kennedy and Devin T. Stewart at the Carnegie Council on September 15. “People do know a lot about their own problems

DRI and the John Templeton Foundation

In this interview from the Templeton Foundation, Bill Easterly discusses why we need independent critics to criticize the mainstream aid establishment, and talks about his view of how successful development actually happens.