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Farewell to Tyranny (Review of William Easterly, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor)

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In his new book prominent development economist argues for asking poor in developing countries for their needs and seeing local institutions not as a hurdle for development, but as an indigenous response to local conditions. Respecting rights of the poor might lift them out of poverty faster than any state interventions. While return from current developmental consensus will diminish, Easterly’s recipes will gain popularity. ‘The Tyranny of Experts’ will be widely read both by students and practitioners of development economics

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  • Shestakov, Daniel, 2016. "Farewell to Tyranny (Review of William Easterly, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor)," Economic Policy, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, vol. 3, pages 245-252, June.
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    1. Alesina, Alberto & Devleeschauwer, Arnaud & Easterly, William & Kurlat, Sergio & Wacziarg, Romain, 2003. "Fractionalization," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 8(2), pages 155-194, June.
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    6. Ran Abramitzky, 2015. "Economics and the Modern Economic Historian," NBER Working Papers 21636, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    Keywords

    development economics; developmentalism; spontaneous order; institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • A11 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Role of Economics; Role of Economists
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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