International Affairs

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

William Easterly

About the Program

William Easterly talks about the failure of the U.N. and other organizations to reduce global poverty since WWII.  Prof. Easterly argues that poverty experts too often look for short-term technical solutions and don't consider the role that a lack of political and economic rights play in keeping people in poverty.  He spoke at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.     

About the Authors

William Easterly

William Easterly is a professor of economics at New York University and co-director of NYU's Development Research Institute.  He was an economist and senior adviser at the World Bank from 1985-2001.  Prof. Easterly is the author of "The White Man's Burden" and "The Elusive Quest for Growth."  For more, visit: williameasterly.org. 


Buy the author's book from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound

Program Information

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

Watch This Program
Watch This Program

Purchase This Program

Past Airings

  • Sunday, July 6th at 8am (ET)
  • Saturday, May 24th at 2:30pm (ET)
  • Saturday, May 10th at 12pm (ET)
  • Sunday, April 27th at 7:30pm (ET)
  • Sunday, April 27th at 5:30am (ET)
Washington Journal on C-SPAN