Mapping Corruption

Mapping Corruption

We tend to assume that corrupt public officials are the cause for widespread misery and lack of economic development. They may not be the reason.

What is economic development to India?

What is economic development to India?

The result of India’s election shows that millions of people there want economic development. But what does that look like in India?

Behind the Scenes part 2: A. P. Thorne on developing the thesis for Poor By Design

In this 2011 interview, Alfred P. Thorne talks about how he first began developing the hypothesis for Poor By Design about the lack of economic development in poor countries.   In 1957, on the way back from Jamaica to Puerto…

Haiti, then and now

Haiti, then and now

While I was researching Haiti for Poor By Design, I came across several documentary photographs of the country on flickr.com, The Library of Congress and the New York Public Library’s digital archives. The images I found tell the same story:…

Way ahead of me

In the spring of my junior year in college grampa came to watch a play I had written and was directing. The play was about my struggles as a nineteen year-old, dating, identity, and other generally angst-ridden subjects. Grampa traveled…

The last of the first development economists

My dad called me this morning and told me that Dr. Rawle Farley, the development economist from Berbice, Guyana had died. Beside grampa, he was perhaps the only other development economist out of what was British Guyana. Dad said he…

The big city in Uganda, part 1

Summer 2009 Early in the summer, another recent Sloan graduate and I traveled through East Africa to work with health care organizations. Here are some of my reflections on the two and a half week trip to the capital cities…

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