Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

William Easterly

Visiting Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Economic Development, Economic Growth, Political Economy

Biography

William Easterly spent 16 years at the World Bank, and then for the last 14 years has been Professor of Economics at NYU. Foreign Policy Magazine named him among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals in 2008 and 2009, Thomson Reuters listed him as one of Highly Cited Researchers of 2014, and he is currently ranked 105 among the most cited economists according to REPEC’s “h-index”. He is the author of 68 peer-reviewed academic journal articles and 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), and The Elusive Quest for Growth (2001). He has written for the New York TimesTIMEWall Street JournalFinancial TimesNew York Review of BooksWashington PostLos Angeles TimesForeign Policy, Slate, and Bloomberg. He was born in West Virginia and grew up in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Other Affiliations

  • New York University
  • NBER, BREAD