Easterly is professor of economics at New York University, director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute, and author of The White Man’s Burden. He is at Town Hall to discuss his new book –THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (Basic Books; March 4, 2014)In THE TYRANNY OF EXPERTS, Easterly looks at traditional approaches to global poverty and why attempts at a solution have not only been unsuccessful, but harmful. The “experts” of the world — politicians, relief organizations, and others — are solving immediate effects of poverty, but not addressing the root cause. The book outlines the history of the fight against poverty, highlighting how these efforts have (and have not) made an impact.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and a director of NYU’s award-winning Development Research Institute. The author of The White Man’s Burden and The Elusive Quest for Growth, he lives in New York City.