Bill Easterly on Inclusive Growth: 'Development is Uneven'

    In a recent talk on inclusive growth at UNICEF’s New York headquarters, economist Bill Easterly emphasized one point: growth and development are “instrinsically uneven.”

    “[S]uccess is intrinsically uneven, so development and growth is intrinsically uneven, not ‘inclusive,’” Easterly explains in the “Aid Watch” blog.

    He adds: “There is no evidence that large-scale redistribution programs can succeed without killing off growth, but targeting things like health and education to the poor has worked and could work even more. Lastly, the best thing of all you can do for ‘inclusive growth’ is asserting the individual human rights of all, including women, gays, and religious, racial, and ethnic minorities.”   

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      Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.