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

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET (19:00 – 20:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

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Global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems while ignoring the political oppression that created them in the first place, accidentally colluding with autocrats who violate the rights of the poor. The Tyranny of Experts traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing how development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries, the crucial debate on whether unchecked power for dictators is the problem and not the solution.



Professor of Economics, New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute
Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank Group