Re: Re: Where does Jeff Sachs get it wrong?
I disagree with Easterly as he over-simplifies what he calls "Sachs' plan" and places too much faith in market forces lifting the per capita income of the desperately poor in developing countries.
The purpose of the UN's plan (along with Sachs and Millennium Promise) does not run counter to a free trading market. In fact it is aimed to help people reach a minimum level whereby which then can then productivity engage in a free market. A base level of health (via combating malaria, HIV, TB, etc.), a base level of food security (via introduction of natural fertilizers) and a base level of education.
Easterly's analogy of rising per capita income's in West Virginia is valid, except that he fails to concede that a strong determininant of that rise in per capita income also comes from non-market interventions from local, state and federal goverment providing education, health care (for the poor and elderly) and labor/agriculture extension.
The point of the "Sachs Plan" is to provide those basic building blocks to help developing country citizens help themselves in the free market. A point which Easterly glosses over and does not address in his criticisms.
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