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William Easterly

William Easterly is an American economist.


  • William Easterly received his BA from Bowling Green State University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.


  • William Easterly is Professor of Economics at New York University and Co-director of the NYU Development Research Institute. He is the author of two books, which are dedicated to the theory of economic growth, and he has also published more than 60 peer-reviewed academic articles. His writings have appeared or been covered in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, CNN, PBS, ABC, and other media outlets. He was Co-Editor of the Journal of Development Economics and wrote and directed the Aid Watch blog. Easterly is Research Associate of NBER, senior fellow BREAD and nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings.

    Easterly's areas of expertise are the determinants of long-run economic growth, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of foreign aid. He has worked in most areas of the developing world, most heavily in Africa, Latin America, and Russia. Easterly is an associate editor of the American Economic Journals: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and the Journal of Economic Growth. He is the baseball columnist for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Major achievements

  • Easterly was named in 2008 and 2009 among the Top 100 Global Public Intellectuals by Foreign Policy Magazine, and ranks among the top 100 most cited academic economists worldwide.


  • Searching for the Secrets of Growth, Revista de Analisis Economico, Special Issue, (June 1993).
  • Are Aid Agencies improving?, Economic Policy, 22, northern 52, (October 2007): 633-678.
  • When is fiscal adjustment an illusion?“, Economic Policy, 14, northern 28, (April 1999): 55-86.
  • When is Stabilization Expansionary?, Economic Policy, 11, northern 22, (April 1996): 65-107.
William Easterly
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Born September 7, 1957
(age 60)
  • 1980 - 1981
    Economist for Latin American Service, Data Resources, Incorporated
    Cambridge Massachusetts
  • 1983 - 1984
    Research Fellow, El Colegio de Mexico
    Mexico City
  • 1983 - 1983
    consultant to government of Jamaica, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1984 - 1985
    Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 1985 - 1987
    Economist in Operations, first West Africa and then Colombia Division, World Bank
  • 1988
    Economist, World Development Report, World Bank
  • 1989 - 2001
    Senior Adviser, Macroeconomics and Growth Division, Research Department, World Bank
  • 2002
    Institute for International Economics and Center for Global Development
  • January, 2003
    Professor of Economics, New York University
  • June, 2007 - June, 2008
    Visiting Scholar, Brookings Institution
  • July, 2008
    Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • 2011
    Member of Advisory Panel, Center for Global Development
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