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William Easterly


How I Would Not Lead the World Bank

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Do not, under any circumstances, pick me.  I am gratified by the widespread support that my non-nomination for World Bank president has received. My quest to help end poverty has led me to the ends of the Earth. My accomplishments speak for themselves, having successfully offended every official or interest group in any way connected to the World Bank, even the head of maintenance. I would not lead the World Bank by assembling an expert task force of my fellow social ...

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William Easterly


William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University (NYU) and Co-Director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is also the author of The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, several other books, and dozens of peer-reviewed academic papers.