Research School for Economic and Social History


15 December 2022
15:00 - 17:00
University of Groningen, Duisenberg building, Blauwe Zaal, Nettelbosje 2, 9747 AE Groningen

NEW DATE Maddison Lecture Professor William Easterly – ‘Western Development Efforts: Altruism vs Self-Interest

This event, originally scheduled for 27 October, has now been rescheduled to 15 December 2022

Annually, the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC) organises the Maddison Lecture at the University of Groningen. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor William Easterly, Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute. The Maddison lectures have been organised since 2011. The aim of these lectures is to bring leading scholars from around the world to Groningen to present on major topics of economic growth and development in a historical and comparative perspective, thus following the footsteps of Angus Maddison, who laid the foundations of research in this discipline at our university. The event is sponsored by the GGDC and by the SOM Research School of the Faculty of Economics and Business. The event is freely accessible.

About the speaker

William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is the author of 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), which won the FA Hayek Award from the Manhattan Institute, and The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001). He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic articles, and has written columns and reviews for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. He has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and as Director of the blog Aid Watch. He is a Research Associate of NBER, and senior fellow at BREAD. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, and Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014.

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