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Click here for the calendar of all events related to Professor Easterly’s new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.



ForumAfrica 2030: An Enterprise-Led Future, May 11, 2015
The age of technology has enabled an enterprise-led future for Africa. Entrepreneurship and enterprise are becoming major forces in driving growth in the world’s fastest-growing continent. This conference, co-sponsored by DRI and the Africa 2.0 Foundation, and hosted by The Avant-Garde Network and the Gobee Group, offers attendees with an interest in Africa an opportunity to engage in a leadership discourse on these issues and more.

Human Rights Conference – Development without Freedom? Justice, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa, April 16, 2015
What are the consequences of these rights abuses for long-term development in Africa? What is the role of development agencies and foreign investors in ensuring that recepient governments make progress on human rights and justice? The conference explored research findings on these questions and feature dissenting voices that do not often receive a hearing in international development forums.


Seminar – Wilderness to Brothels to Apple Store: The History of Development on One City Block, October 23, 2014
DRI co-director Bill Easterly and research scholar Laura Freschi presented and discussed their research on one New York City block’s economic development at NYU Stern Urbanization Project Brown Bag series.

Seminar – How Much Can We Generalize from Impact Evaluation Results?, April 22, 2014
DRI post-doc Eva Vivalt discussed her research on meta-analysis of impact evaluations.

Seminar – Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research, April 4, 2014
Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics at UC-Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), discussed research transparency, accountability, and biases in social sciences. He argued for existing and possible solutions for improved researcher integrity.


A Conversation with Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin – Setting up a commodity exchange and doing business in Africa, April 25, 2012
DRI partner Africa House hosted Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, who discussed her experience setting up the exchange and current business trends in Africa.

Public Forum with Steve Forbes, February 23, 2012
Bill Easterly moderated as Steve Forbes defended the free market at its moment of crisis.

Enhancing Economic Development through Technology: Focus on Africa and Other Developing RegionsFebruary 12 and 13, 2012
The annual conference of the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), in Abu Dhabi.


Luncheon on Africa’s Entrepreneurial Networks with Mellena HaileAugust 15, 2011
Mellena Haile discussed E-Pulse, a  program used by the Kauffman Foundation to map the evolution of Africa’s entrepreneurial networks with mobile phones, at a DRI and Africa House luncheon.


How to Get Rich without Knowing How: The Paradox of Development Economics, October 6, 2009
Development economists have had a long series of failures in attempts to raise growth and promote rapid development. Yet economic development in the past half century happened anyway. This lecture given by DRI co-director Bill Easterly discussed how some of the basic principles of economics help us understand this paradox and provide useful guidance on how to achieve economic development. Click to read the slides.