White Man's Burden

William Easterly

Easterly's book argues that development policy must return to basics and focus on bottom-up "searchers" rather than top-down planning. Does this provide the solution the plight of the poor?

William Easterly's White Man's Burden explains a simple and powerful message for all who are concerned with the poverty throughout the world and what can be done about it.  The only true path to development is an indigenous one, and in finding that path it is better to rely on the "searchers" rather than the "planners." In stating this so clearly and in a manner that is guided by reason and evidence (as well as a deep compassion for the least advantaged in the world) William Easterly’s book is essential reading for those concerned with the plight of the poor throught the world.


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Citation (Chicago-Style)

Boettke, Peter. "Senior research Fellow Peter Boettke Reviews "White Man's Burden" for the IEA." Institute of the Economic Affairs (September 2006).

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