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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

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

Does Aid Promote Autocracy?

This is NOT the Nobel Symposium panel with Jeff Sachs and others, for which the video isn’t available yet. It IS a 3-minute clip of a talk Bill gave at the Swedish think tank Timbro while he was in Stockholm. Photo by Julien Harneis via Flickr.

Mr. Sachs loses AIDS debate to Mr. Budget Constraint

The World Bank hosted a debate on the proposition: Continued AIDS investments by donors and governments is a sound investment, even in a resource-constrained environment. Jeffrey Sachs and Michel Sidibé  (head of UNAIDS) argued in favor, and Mead Over and Roger England argued against. There was

Why markets do not imply "Greed is Good"

Inspired by a John Kay column in the FT today.* Naked greed does not maximize corporate profits. Customers do not have full information about product quality, so they must trust their suppliers. When a corporation like GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) gets caught cheating its customers ( by

The Worst Promotional Aid Video of All Time

Courtesy of the Marines, ad during the Euro Cup final paid for with your taxpayer dollars, “Moving towards the sounds of chaos” “We are the first to move towards the sounds of tyranny, injustice, and despair” (image of helicopter gunship carrying boxes labelled “aid”) Mr.

TOMS Shoes dodges questions on evangelical giving partners

I was recently interviewed for a podcast about TOMS shoes, part of which was also picked up on Public Radio International’s The World. Over the course of the podcast I and others articulate arguments about the TOMS Shoes Buy-One-Give-One model that DRI and Aid Watch