Remember, aid cannot achieve the end of poverty. Only homegrown development base on the dynamism of individuals and firms in free markets can do that.

— William Easterly

The most revealing William Easterly quotes that will activate your desire to change

We need a revolution in development thinking and practice.

Foreign aid, debt relief, family planning, democracy, education, and free markets have not succeeded.

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To escape the cycle of tragedy, we (searchers) have to be tough on the ideas of the planners, even while we salute their goodwill.

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When you are in a hole, the top priority is to stop digging.

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There was no Marshall Plan for Harry Potter, no International Financing Facility for books about underage wizards. It is heartbreaking that global society has evolved a highly efficient way to get entertainment to rich adults and children, while it can't get twelve-cent medicine to dying poor children.

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If there is one number to which the rights of millions will be happily sacrificed, it is the national GDP growth rate.

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Economists did something even better than predict the crisis.

We correctly predicted that we would not be able to predict it.

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The rich have markets, the poor have bureaucrats.

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Peter Montiel has long set the highest standard for lucid textbooks on the macroeconomics of developing countries. Now in this new edition of his superb classic Macroeconomics in Emerging Markets, he has surpassed even himself. He uniquely fills the gap between rich-country-obsessed macro- and micro-obsessed developing-country analysis. No student of the macroeconomics of development will henceforward be able to do without this book.

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