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Video: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly Saturday, May. 24, 2014 at 5:54 PM

The technical approach often ignores political realities and normative rights of the poor. Principles are engines of social rights. First, agreement on principles and then operationalization of the principles. Freedom or autocracy is the bigger discussion.

to watch the 1 hr 16 min BookTV presentation by William Easterly aired on May 24, 2014, click on

William Easterly talks about the failure of the U.N. and other organizations to reduce global poverty since WWII. Prof. Easterly argues that poverty experts too often look for short-term technical solutions and don't consider the role that a lack of political and economic rights play in keeping people in poverty. He spoke at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of NYU's Development Research Institute. He was an economist and senior adviser at the World Bank from 1985-2001. Prof. Easterly is the author of "The White Man's Burden" and "The Elusive Quest for Growth." For more, visit:
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