2011-12 Ethics Series:
Poverty, Aid, and Development
“Assisting the Poor in Non-Poor Countries:
Conceptual and Practical Issues”
Monday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Letitia Pate Evans Dining Hall, Terrace Level
A lecture by Professor Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.
Twenty years ago, 90% of the world’s poor lived in low-income countries. Today, three-quarters of the world's poor live in middle-income countries. How should this change the nature of the global commitment to assist the poor? And how should it affect the operation of international aid agencies? This lecture will address conceptual and practical implications of the new geography of global poverty.
Professor Ravi Kanbur’s primary research areas are public economics and development economics. Topics on which he has published include risk taking, inequality, poverty, structural adjustment, debt, agriculture, and political economy. Kanbur has served on the staff of the World Bank. His positions with the World Bank have included Senior Economic Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region of the World Bank, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report.
This event is co-sponsored by the Agnes Scott Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Georgia, through its McNair Lecture Fund and the Ethics Program through the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund.
Other events in the series:
Monday, February 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m. “Resolving Development Dilemmas,” Professor Lori Gruen, Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Ethics in Society Project at Wesleyan University
Thursday, April 12, 2012, 7:00 p.m. “Responsibility for International Aid: Individual, Collective and State,” Professor Liam Murphy, Herbert Peterfreund Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at New York University