The Good Neighbor: Addressing Global Poverty in an Age of Xenophobia

Lecture | November 15 | 6-7 p.m. | David Brower Center, Tamalpais Room

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94607

 William Easterly

 Goldman School of Public Policy

The fight against global poverty is connected to the contentious issue of migration from poor to rich countries. The connection of the war on poverty to the war on terror perpetrates a stereotype of poor people as violent, unintentionally fueling xenophobia and restrictions on migration. The good news is that economic ideas are the best antidote to xenophobia, opening the door again to migration as a powerful vehicle itself for global poverty reduction.

William Easterly is currently a Visiting Professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy. He spent 16 years at the World Bank, and then for the last 14 years has been Professor of Economics at NYU. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014, and he is currently ranked 105 among the most cited economists according to REPEC’s “h-index”. He is the author of 68 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and three books: The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (March 2014), The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006), and The Elusive Quest for Growth (2001). He has written for the New York Times, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Slate, and Bloomberg. He was born in West Virginia and grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio.

This event is free and open to the public. A public reception will be held at 5:30pm in the Tamalpais Room.

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