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What Works in Development?: Thinking Big and Thinking Small [Paperback]

by Jessica Cohen, William Easterly
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November 3, 2009 0815702825 978-0815702825

What Works in Development? brings together leading experts to address one of the most basic yet vexing issues in development: what do we really know about what works — and what doesn't —in fighting global poverty?

The contributors, including many of the world's most respected economic development analysts, focus on the ongoing debate over which paths to development truly maximize results. Should we emphasize a big-picture approach —focusing on the role of institutions, macroeconomic policies, growth strategies, and other country-level factors? Or is a more grassroots approach the way to go, with the focus on particular microeconomic interventions such as conditional cash transfers, bed nets, and other microlevel improvements in service delivery on the ground? The book attempts to find a consensus on which approach is likely to be more effective.

Contributors include Nana Ashraf (Harvard Business School), Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development), Anne Case (Princeton University), Jessica Cohen (Brookings),William Easterly (NYU and Brookings),Alaka Halla (Innovations for Poverty Action), Ricardo Hausman (Harvard University), Simon Johnson (MIT), Peter Klenow (Stanford University), Michael Kremer (Harvard), Ross Levine (Brown University), Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard), Ben Olken (MIT), Lant Pritchett (Harvard), Martin Ravallion (World Bank), Dani Rodrik (Harvard), Paul Romer (Stanford University), and DavidWeil (Brown).


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About the Author

Jessica Cohen is a development economic research fellow with the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of The White Man's Burden:Why theWest's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006).


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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815702825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815702825
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 editor of Aid Watch blog, Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics. 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 co-edited books, and 61 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, the New York Review of Books, the 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. His 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. William 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.


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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is an eye opener - at last December 2, 2010
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This book raises the right questions and proposes some valid answers. In some cases it seems it is already too late as other books painfully describe in a more pessimistic fashion:

1. "Lords of poverty"
2. "U.N. a Cosa Nostra"
3. "War Games: The Story of Aid in Modern Times"
4. "The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong With Humanitarian Aid?"

War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern TimesU.N. a Cosa Nostra: The workings of an organization 'helping' the poorest of the world (Volume 1)The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?The Road to Hell: The Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International CharityHumanitarianism in Question: Politics, Power, Ethics
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