Leading economist, William Easterly, gives free public lecture at UAA
by Kathleen McCoy |
The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill
and So Little Good
UAA welcomes the 2007 Parasca Distinguished Speaker, William Easterly, for a free lecture on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the UAA/APU Consortium Library, room 307. Easterly's book, The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, has been named among the best books of 2006 by The Economist, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times. A leading economic development economist, Easterly addresses what he calls the twin tragedies of global poverty, the first being that so many suffer from horribly stunted, miserable lives and often die early deaths; the second being that after 50 years and more than $2.3 trillion in aid from the West, there is still little to show for it. Issues such as these will be discussed during his public lecture.
Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and co-director of the Development Research Institute at NYU. In addition to The White Man's Burden, Easterly is the author of The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Misadventures in the Tropics, as well as numerous articles for national publications. An expert on the determinants of long-run economic growth and effectiveness of foreign aid, Easterly's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, and on the Lehrer Newshour, NPR, BBC, among many other programs.
For additional information about this event, contact Steve Jackstadt at the UAA Center for Economic Education, 786-1901.