William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU’s Development Research Institute. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the Brookings Institution and the Center for Global Development. He is the author of The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001), 3 other co-edited books, and 59 articles in refereed economics journals. William Easterly received his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. He was born in West Virginia and is the 8th most famous native of Bowling Green, Ohio, where he grew up. He spent sixteen years as a Research Economist at the World Bank. He is on the board of the anti-malaria philanthropy, Nets for Life. His work has been discussed in media outlets like the Lehrer Newshour, National Public Radio, the BBC, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, the Economist, the New Yorker, Forbes, Business Week, the Financial Times, the Times of London, the Guardian, and the Christian Science Monitor. Foreign Policy magazine inexplicably named him one of the world’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals in 2008. Easterly's areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of foreign aid. He has worked in most areas of the developing world, most heavily in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Easterly is an associate editor of the American Economic Journals: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and the Journal of Economic Growth. He is the baseball columnist for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
Erratum: The above bio contains one factual mistake due to careless proofreading. He is not really the baseball columnist for L'Osservatore Romano.
Recent Blog Posts by William Easterly
- The World Economy Goes East: Should the West Get Hysterical?
- Who Ya Gonna Call? Entrepreneurs!
- Stop Panicking: Capitalism Repeatedly Recovers from Financial Crises
- Hopeless Cause of the Week: Save Madagascar!
- What Must We Do to End World Poverty? At Last, an Answer
- Five Simple Principles for Scaling up in Aid
- Didn’t We Try that in 1938? Why Technical Poverty Fixes Fall Short
- Africans Already Got The Idea: “Africa Does Not Need Strong Men, it Needs Strong Institutions”
- Should starving people be tourist attractions?
- J’accuse: the US Army’s Development Delusions
- Paul Farmer and the Human Right to Development
- UN Human Rights and Wrongs
- Poverty is not a human rights violation
- Here’s a US development program working – stop it immediately!
- Reader survey results: probabilities, halos, and leaders
- When Doing Nothing Equals Increased Aid
- How ethnic profiling explains Dani Rodrik’s fondness for industrial policy
- Confused American liberals and conservatives need to get out more
- Maybe we should put rats in charge of foreign aid research
- Response to “Can Starbucks Buy A ‘Saving Africa’ Image for a Nickel?”
- We can make bad news look worse…and for Africa, we can make even good news look bad
- The 50th Anniversary of The Answer: Muddling Through
- The answer to development ignorance: more complicated advice by experts or more freedom for entrepreneurs?
- The Unbearable Lightness of Summits
- When Will There Be Good News? Does it Help There Already Was Some?
- Amartya Sen on Moralism, Maoism, and Capitalism