DRI Director William Easterly reviews Ruchir Sharma's "The Rise and Fall of Nations" for The Wall Street Journal.See More
April 6th, 2016 (NYC): NYU Development Research Institute hosted Matt Ridley, author of The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, in conversation with William Easterly, DRI Co-Director and author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.See More
January 26th, 2016 - NYU's Development Research Institute hosted a public screening of the new hit documentary film, Poverty, Inc. The screening was followed by an in-depth question and answer session between DRI Director William Easterly, film-makers Michael Matheson Miller and Mark Weber, and the audience.See More
With elections in Uganda taking place next month, DRI's visiting scholar, Helen Epstein, looks at how foreign aid has undermined the country's democratic function. Read the article in the New York Review of Books here.
Recent and prominent studies have claimed that migration restrictions could improve global economic efficiency. This ‘Epidemiological Case’ for migration restrictions suggests that migrants from poor countries transmit their low economic productivity to rich countries, like an
Our new Success Project series presents innovative research which will challenge the way you think about development. Each week, we will look at how development can happen at levels other than the nation state, focusing on neighborhoods, cities, tribes, technologies, diasporas, and networks.See More
Join us Tuesday, January 26th, as the Development Research Institute at NYU hosts a screening of the award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc., in Jurow Lecture Hall at 6 PM. There will be a reception following the screening at Silverstein Lounge along with a Q&A discussion moderated by Professor William Easterly.See More
Cyrenius, the governor of Syria, was excited about the new regional development plan he had prepared for the area covering Syria, Galilee, and Judea. Cyrenius had already ascended rapidly through the Roman bureaucracy, but he expected this new program meeting the Roman Development Goals to make his name. Caesar Augustus had even agreed to raise taxes to pay for the development plan.
Everyone went to their places of birth to register and pay taxes. Mary was a peasant espoused to a carpenter named Joseph from Nazareth, even though she was already pregnant. Mary and Joseph went to their birthplace of Bethlehem. The innkeeper took one look at the rough carpenter and the very pregnant Mary and told them there were no rooms left. He reluctantly agreed to let them sleep in the stable with the animals, where Mary went into labor.
Cyrenius’ name did end up in one of history’s most read books, but not for the reason he expected. The newborn baby was going to be a little more famous than Cyrenius, even more than Caesar Augustus.
Regardless of religious beliefs, many would agree it is a great story. Perhaps rulers and elites at the top should not take themselves so seriously, because some of the biggest changes in history can come from what appear to be just really ordinary people.
Happy Holidays from the Development Research Institute.
"The People"- Can they be Trusted?
They discussed feedback, accountability and the future of development.
Click below for a link to the post. And a big thanks to everyone who participated!
We are announcing a job opening for a Student Program Assistant at DRI.
Summary: The Development Research Institute is seeking a Student Program Assistant to support research and accompanying policy briefings on said research. Policy briefs will include reports, social media outreach and lectures. Our ideal candidate is self-motivated and a problem solver; creative thinker with strong writing skills; flexible and comfortable with technology; and is available to work throughout the NYU 2015 fall semester. This position mixes research and creative responsibilities.
- Primary responsibilities will include:
- Develop policy briefs using reports, interactive media, social media, blog posts, and lectures to communicate research findings to academic, practitioner, and policy-focused communities.
- Secondary responsibilities will include:
-Conduct quantitative research
-Assemble and graph data using Excel
-Manipulate economic data and/or create new variables using Excel
-Conduct qualitative research
-Assemble information in clear, concise reports
-Writing and updating content for website and social media and monitoring online presence
- Demonstrated interest in, knowledge of, and/or experience in development economics, studies, and/or current affairs
- Strong writing skills are essential
- Demonstrated capacity for blogging software, photo, video and audio editing software
- Basic quantitative analysis
- Strong online research skills
- Excellent attention to detail
- Experience with Microsoft Office and Excel
- Currently enrolled in an NYU graduate program
- Preferred Education: BA in Economics; current Economics M.A. student
Salary/Hours: Salary is $15- $20 per hour depending on skills and experience. Hours will be completed during the regular business day, in the Africa House offices (NYU campus, 14A Washington Mews). 20 hours per week, according to a regular, mutually-agreed-upon schedule. Start date is January 4, 2016 .
To Apply: Please send a brief cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the above criteria along with your resume and short writing sample to Kellie Leeson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Marian Tes at email@example.com by December 8, 2015. The subject line of your email should read: “Last name, First name: DRI Program Assistant”.
Benefits and salary are competitive. Location is Washington Mews, on the NYU campus.
About Our Organization: The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI is led by NYU Professors William Easterly and Yaw Nyarko and is home to a growing team of researchers. DRI seeks to engage the academic world and the wider public about effective solutions to world poverty, expanding the number and diversity of serious commentators on the state of foreign aid and development. Our ultimate goal is to have a positive impact on the lives of the poor, who deserve the benefit of high-quality, clear-eyed, hard-headed economic research applied to the problems of world poverty. See http://nyudri.org/ and http://aidwatchers.com/.
As UK foreign aid increases to £16bn, William Easterly argues that promoting freedom is a surer way to end poverty than providing vitamins and clean water. Read the latest article in The Sunday Times here.
NYU Development Research Institute 2015 Annual Conference
Beyond the Nation State:
How traders, migrants and ethnic networks are driving economic growth in the developing world
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Kimmel Center Rosenthal Pavilion
10th Floor, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012
8:30am – 9:00am Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 9:15am Conference Introduction by NYU Provost David W. McLaughlin
9:15am – 10:45am Session 1:
Diego Daruich (New York University), William Easterly (New York University), and Ariell Reshef (University of Virginia) - "The Surprising Size and Instability of Hyper-Specialization in Exports”
10:45am - 11:15am Coffee break
11:15am - 12:45pm Session 2:
Yaw Nyarko (New York University) - “Cross-border Technology Flows for Success: The African Mobile Revolution”
Michael Clemens (Center for Global Development), *paper with Lant Pritchett (Harvard Kennedy School) - “The Economic Case for Migration Restrictions"
12:45am - 1:45pm Lunch
1:45pm - 3:15pm Session 3:
Hui Kian Kwee (University of Toronto) - "Socio-Religious Institutions and Economic Migration: Case Studyof the Bai Clansmen from Anxi, Fujian in Southeast Asia, c. 1880-present"
Cheikh Anta Babou (University of Pennsylvania) - "The Murid Ethic and the Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Faith, Business and Mobility among Murid Immigrants in Gabon"
3:15pm - 3:30pm Coffee break
3:30pm - 5pm Session 4:
Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University), *paper with Louis Putterman and David N. Weil (Brown University) - "The Influence of Ancestral Lifeways on Individual Economic Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University) - “Education and Long-term Social Mobility in Benin”