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Panel discussion: Emerging economies in 2013 – William Easterly and Dambisa Moyo, The Economist’s World in 2013 Festival at New York University, December 8, 2012

Does Aid Promote Autocracy? – William Easterly, Timbro think tank in Stockholm , September 6, 2012

Panel Discussion: How Can Policy and Aid Help in Bringing down World Poverty? – William Easterly, Paul Collier, Esther Duflo,  and Jeffrey Sachs, Nobel Symposia at Stockholm University’s Institute for International Economic Studies, September 5, 2012

Free Eskinder Nega! – William Easterly, Peter Godwin, Aryeh Neier, Kenneth Roth, and Joel Simon, The New York Review of Books, August, 16, 2012

The Roots of Hardship – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, March 24, 2012

How I Would Not Lead the World Bank – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, March 5, 2012


The Case of Eskinder Nega – William Easterly, Mark Hamrick, Aryeh Neier, Kenneth Roth and Joel Simon, The New York Review of Books, January 12, 2011 (ungated version)

Think Tanks Help Alter Public Opinion –  Claudia R. Williamson, The Oklahoman, December 9, 2011

Panel discussion: Living with the Gates Foundation – Laura Freschi, Tim Ogden, and Edward Skloot, Hudson Institute, December 6, 2011

Review of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow – William Easterly, The Financial Times, November 5, 2011

Correspondence: National, regional, and worldwide estimates of stillbirth rates – William Easterly and Laura Freschi, The Lancet, September 3, 2011

Gates: a benevolent dictator for public health? – Laura Freschi and Alanna Shaikh, Alliance Magazine, September, 2011

What Must We Do to End World Poverty? – William Easterly, Podcast on development and individual freedoms, at the Columbia Tikvah-Hertog Summer Institute, August 10, 2011

Benevolent Autocrats – William Easterly, EconTalk, May 30, 2011

Measuring How and Why Aid Works — or Doesn’t – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, April 30, 2011

The Happiness Wars – William Easterly, The Lancet, April 30, 2011

Tracing Development of Manhattan Block – William Easterly, NPR, March 20, 2011

Technocrats vs Rights – William Easterly, Contestations, February 2011

Response to Nicholas Eberstadt, Global Poverty and Its Sad Persistence – William Easterly, Commentary, January 25, 2011 (Original article here.)

We can’t engineer the result we want in the Ivory Coast – William Easterly, The Guardian, January 14, 2011


Lennon the Rebel, Bono the Wonk – William Easterly, The Washington Post, December 12, 2010

Foreign Aid for Scoundrels – William Easterly, New York Review of Books, November 25, 2010

Why Are We Supporting Repression in Ethiopia? – William Easterly, New York Review of Books with Laura Freschi, November 15, 2010

Reinventing the Wheel – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, October 11, 2010

UN Convenes To Assess Global Progress – William Easterly interviewed by Michel Martin, NPR, September 21, 2010

Only Trade-Fuelled Growth Can Help the World’s Poor – William Easterly, Financial Times, September 21, 2010 (ungated version)

Study: Educating Women Saves Millions of Kids – William Easterly interviewed by Maria Cheng, Associated Press, September 17, 2010

The Hazards of Doing Good – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2010 (ungated version)

If Only Martin Luther King Had Modern Software and Jargon: the Powerpoint Version of “I Have a Dream” (PPT) – William Easterly, Huffington Post, August 27, 2010

How Not to Win Hearts and Minds – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2010 (ungated version)

A High-Five for the Invisible Hand – William Easterly, New York Times, June 3, 2010

Will US Army’s Development Delusions Cause More Deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan? – William Easterly, Huffington Post, June 19, 2010

Making Foreign Aid Work – William Easterly, Religion and Ethics, PBS, February 19, 2010

Tower of Babble – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, January 6, 2010


Review of Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid – William Easterly, Written for London Review of Books, June 2009, never published

African Leaders Advise Bono on Reform of U2 – William Easterly, Huffington Post, November 23, 2009

Human Rights are the Wrong Basis for Healthcare – William Easterly, Financial Times, October 12, 2009

Anarchy of Success – William Easterly, A review of The Drunkard’s Walk by L. Mlodinow and Bad Samaritans by H. Chang, New York Review of Books, October 2009 (ungated version)

Out of Burundi, Into America – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2009

Who is the Target Audience for Celebrity Aid Campaigns? – William Easterly, Huffington Post, August 13, 2009

The Skip Gates Arrest May Not Have Been About Race — But About Something Even Worse – William Easterly, Huffington Post, July 27, 2009

It’s Over: The Tragedy of the Millennium Development Goals – William Easterly, Huffington Post, July 6, 2009

Amnesty International Confuses Poverty and Human Rights – William Easterly, Huffington Post, June 5, 2009

Back to Sachs: Astrology, Despotism, and Africa – William Easterly, Huffington Post, June 2, 2009

Geography Lessons: Correcting Sachs on African Economic Development – William Easterly, Huffington Post, May 29, 2009

Sachs Ironies: Why Critics are Better for Foreign Aid than Apologists – William Easterly, Huffington Post, May 25, 2009

False Economy – William Easterly, A review of Alan Beattie’s Book-  Financial Times, April 13, 2009

Affluence and Ethics – William Easterly, A review of Peter Singer’s Book – Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2009

Random Thoughts of a Development Economist on the Crisis – William Easterly, Talk of the Nation, NPR, March 5, 2009

The Poor Man’s Burden – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, January/February 2009


Foreign Aid Goes Military! – William Easterly, A review of Paul Collier’s “The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It,”  The New York Review of Books, December 4, 2008 (ungated version)

Development Doesn’t Require Big Government – William Easterly, Wall Street Journal, October 3, 2008

Bill Gates’ Misguided Capitalism – William Easterly,  Huffington Post, July 1, 2008

Trust the Development Experts – all 7bn – William Easterly, Financial Times, May 28, 2008

Easterly on “Growth, Poverty and Aid” – An interview with William Easterly, The Library of Economics and Liberty, February 11, 2008

Why Bill Gates Hates My Book – William Easterly, An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2008

Creative Capitalism: Can It Meet the Needs of the World’s Poor? – Transcript of a panel discussion with William Easterly, Eugene Steuerle and Allen Hammond, Hudson’s Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal, January 30, 2008


Foreign Aid: An End to the World’s Worst Poverty? – William Easterly interview on Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, WETA-TV, PBS, November 16, 2007

Surprised by Opportunity – William Easterly, A review of William Duggan’s “Strategic Intuition”, The Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2007

An Ivory Tower Analysis of Real World Poverty – William Easterly, A review of Paul Collier’s “The Bottom Billion” by William Easterly, The Lancet, October 27, 2007

Don’t Bank on the ADB – William Easterly, An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal Asia, October 2, 2007

Does Giving Aid to the Poor End Poverty? – A discussion with William Easterly, Bram van Ojik, Ralf Bodelier, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, September 20, 2007

Interview on the Riz Khan Show – William Easterly interviewed by Riz Khan, Al Jazeera, May 30, 2007

How, and How Not, to Stop AIDS in Africa – William Easterly, A review of Helen Epstein’s “The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS “, The New York Review of Books, August 16, 2007

What Bono Doesn’t Say About Africa – William Easterly, The Los Angeles Times, July 6, 2007

The Least Among Us – Niall Ferguson, The New York Times, July 1, 2007

The Ideology of Development – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, July/August 2007

Interview with Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly – Pablo Pardo, El Mundo, Madrid, May 26th 2007
Article translated from Spanish and Aidspeak
Article in Spanish
Complete interviews with Jeffrey Sachs and William Easterly (in Spanish only)

Does He Hear the World’s Poor? Don’t Bank on It. – William Easterly, The Washington Post, April 22, 2007

Africa’s Poverty Trap – William Easterly, An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2007
The Response by the IMF
William Easterly’s Response to the IMF

His Magical Misery Tour – William Easterly, A review of “Poor People” by William T. Vollmann, The Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2007


The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid – William Easterly, An online debate with William Easterly and Steve Radelet, Council on Foreign Relations, November 27, 2006

Dismal Science – William Easterly, An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2006
Jeffery Sach’s Response
William Easterly’s Response to Jeffrey Sachs

Is Foreign Aid working? A debate with Hilary Benn and William Easterly, Cabinet Minister for British aid – The Prospect, November 2006

Interview by Paul Solman, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer – William Easterly, September 21, 2006

4 Ways To Spend $60 Billion Wisely – William Easterly, The Washington Post, July 2, 2006

The Handouts that Feed Poverty– William Easterly, The Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2006

Accountability for Multilateral Development Banks – William Easterly, Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 28, 2006

The West Can’t Save Africa – William Easterly, The Washington Post, February 13, 2006


The Utopian Nightmare – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, September/October 2005

Tone Deaf on Africa – William Easterly, The New York Times, July 3, 2005

The White Bands Burden – William Easterly, The Independent, June 5, 2005

A Modest Proposal – William Easterly, A review of Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time, The Washington Post, March 13, 2005
See also “Letters” for Jeffrey Sachs’ letter to the Editor in response to the book review and the reply from William Easterly ( published March 27, 2005)
For a review of Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty in a more scholarly venue and style, click here.

Money is not a Cure-All for Africa’s Poor – William Easterly, The Times Higher Education Supplement, March 11, 2005

Comment on: “Latin America in the rear view mirror,” – William Easterly, Ross Levine, and David Roodman,Journal of Monetary Economics Vol 52 Issue 1, January 2005, pp.109-112


Playing the Aid Game – William Easterly, Forbes, August 11, 2003

As the World Turns – William Easterly, The Washington Post, July 13, 2003

In Search of the Holy Grail: The Elusive Quest for Growth and Development – William Easterly interviewed by Brian Snowdon, World Economics, Volume 4, 2003


Manifest Destiny – William Easterly, The Washington Post, September 22, 2002

Give the Poor A Choice – Dennis Whittle and William Easterly, The Financial Times, August 26, 2002

Cartel of Good Intentions – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, July/August 2002

A Grand Tour of Crises – William Easterly, The Financial Times, June 3, 2002

Tired Old Mantras at Monterrey – William Easterly, The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2002

The failure of economic development – William Easterly, Interview in Challenge Magazine, January/February 2002


Think Again: Debt Relief – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, November/December 2001

Does Foreign Aid Add Up? – William Easterly, Foreign Policy, July/August2001

The Failure of Development – William Easterly, The Financial Times, July 4, 2001


Book review of Mancur Olson, Power and Prosperity: outgrowing Community and Capitalist Dictatorships – William Easterly, Finance and Development, December 2000


Comment on Dani Rodrik, “Governing the Global Economy: Does One Architectural Style Fit All?” – William Easterly, Brookings Trade Forum 1999, edited by Susan M. Collins and Robert Z. Lawrence

Comment on Joel Slemrod, “Taxation, Prosperity, and Growth” – Brookings Papers on Economic Activity 1996:1


Could inflation stabilization be expansionary? – William Easterly and Michael Bruno, Transition Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 7-8, July-August 1995

Book review of R. Herrnstein and C. Murray, The Bell Curve – William Easterly, Finance and Development, March 1995

Book review of A. Aslund, How Russia Became a Market Economy – William Easterly, Finance and Development, December 1995


What we can learn from the Soviet collapse, (with Stanley Fischer) – William Easterly, Finance and Development, December 1994

Living on Borrowed Time: Lessons of the Soviet Economy’s Collapse – William Easterly and Stanley Fischer, Transition, Volume 5, No. 4, April 1994, pp. 1-3

Book review of L.E. Harrison, Who Prospers? How Cultural Values Shape Economic and Political Success – William Easterly, Finance and Development, March 1994, p.51


Ten Questions and Answers about Public Sector Deficits – William Easterly and Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, CEC Outreach Note #10, World Bank, May 1993

Financing the Storm: Russia’s Inflation Crisis – William Easterly with Paulo Viera de Cunha, Transition, Volume 5, No. 4,October-November 1993, pp. 4-6

The Determinants of Economic Success: Luck and Policy (with Lant Pritchett) – William Easterly, Finance and Development, December 1993, pp. 38-41


Culture Is Not To Blame, (with Lawrence Summers) – William Easterly, Financial Times, op-ed page, April 15, 1992

Culture is Not an Obstacle to Growth, (with Lawrence Summers) – William Easterly, WE/MBI (Russia), June 1, 1992

Projection of Growth Rates – William Easterly, CEC Outreach Note #5, World Bank, November 1992

Book review of P. Krugman, Geography and Trade – William Easterly, Finance and Development, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 1992


Economic Policy and Economic Growth – William Easterly, Finance and Development, Vol. 28(3):10-13, September 1991

Book review of Growth, Productivity, and Unemployment, by P. Diamond – William Easterly, Finance and Development, Vol 28(4):51. December 1991

Inflation and Stabilization, comments on Stephan Haggard – The New Political Economy and Development Policymaking, edited by G. Meier, International Center for Economic Growth, 1991