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

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

by William Easterly

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465089734
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/24/2015
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 302,690
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University. He was a senior research economist at the World Bank for sixteen years. He is the author of The White Man's Burden and The Elusive Quest for Growth, and was listed as a Highly Cited Researcher of 2014 by Thomson Reuters. Easterly lives in New York City.

Table of Contents


PART ONE: The Debate That Never Happened
1. Introduction
2. Two Nobel Laureates and the Debate They Never Had

PART TWO: Why the Debate Never Happaned—the Real History of the Development Idea
3. Once Upon a Time in China
4. Race, War, and the Fate of Africa
5. One Day in Bogota

PART THREE: The Blank Slate Versus Learning from History
6. Values: The Long Struggle for Individual Rights
7. Institutions: We Oppress Them If We Can
8. The Majority Dream

PART FOUR: Nations Versus Individuals
9. Homes or Prisons: Nations and Migrations
10. How Much Do Nations Matter?
11. Markets: The Association of Problem-Solvers
12. Technology: How to Succeed Without Knowing How
13. Leaders: How We Are Seduced By Benevolent Autocrats
14. Conclusion

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