New York University
William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University, joint with Africa House, and Co-Director of NYU's Development Research Institute. He is editor of Aid Watch, Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics, associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Comparative Economics and the Journal of Economic Growth, and on the board of the anti-malaria philanthropy, Nets for Life. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the world’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals in 2008. He received his PhD in Economics at MIT after which he worked for 16 years as a Research Economist at the World Bank. The author of many scholarly journal articles, his most recent books are The White Man’s Burden: How the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Penguin, 2006), and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (MIT, 2001).