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William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is also a non-resident Fellow of the[…]

Easterly talks about a question he would ask.

I would say my question is think about the way that success and escapes from poverty have actually happened. Have they happened more because of some kind of expert administrative task force plan, or have they happened through the efforts of autonomous, free individuals operating in a decentralized way to figure out and solve their own problems? I’d say think about that – about that big question about the way progress actually happens. And then think about whether you support more plans and more top down experts. Or do you support the efforts of bottom up individual ingenuity and creativity? Recorded On: 7/6/07