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Former World Bank Economist to Discuss “How Freedom Got Lost in the War on Global Poverty”

Posted 04/09/2015
Posted by David Isgur

William Easterly, a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute (which won the 2009 BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in Development Cooperation Award), will discuss “The Tyranny of Experts: How Freedom Got Lost in the War on Global Poverty,” as he delivers the University of Hartford’s annual Deeds Symposium lecture on Monday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the 1877 Club (which is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center) at the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

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The Deeds Symposium was created in 1982 at the University of Hartford to provide a forum for the discussion of free-market principles. Program speakers are internationally known participants in the continuing discussion of free enterprise and government.

Easterly has published more than 60 academic articles and written columns and reviews for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Review of Books, and The Washington Post. He is a senior fellow at the Bureau for Research in Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Foreign Policy magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of its Highly Cited Researchers of 2014.

He has written three books: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (2014); The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Harm and So Little Good (2006); and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001).

With a BA from Bowling Green State University and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Easterly served as an economist for World Bank and an adjunct professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He also worked at the Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development before joining NYU.