The Heart of Teaching Economics

The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.

Chapter 20: Development Economics

William Easterly

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of education, teaching economics, education, economics of education, teaching and learning

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William Easterly William Easterly was born in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1957 and graduated with a BA in economics from Bowling Green State University in 1979 before obtaining a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. Between 1985 and 2001, Professor Easterly worked at the World Bank; Economist in Operations, first West Africa and then Colombia Division (1985–1987), Economist, World Development Report (1988) and Senior Adviser, Macroeconomics and Growth Division, Research Department (1989–2001). He then moved to the Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development, before taking up his current position as Professor of Economics at New York University in 2003. At NYU, Professor Easterly teaches a course in Economic Development at both the undergraduate and PhD levels and a master’s course in Africa and the World Economy. Professor Easterly’s research interests are the determinants of long-run economic growth, the political economy of development and the effectiveness of foreign aid. His articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Economic Literature and Journal of Economic Growth, among others. His books include, What Works in Development? Thinking Big and Thinking Small (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), co-edited with 355 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 355 29/9/10 11:36:40 356 The heart of teaching economics Jessica Cohen, Reinventing Foreign Aid (MIT Press, 2008), editor, The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little...

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