This lecture, ‘Rethinking Growth Strategies’, focuses on growth because we can all agree that achieving sustained poverty reduction around the world will be practically impossible unless economic growth is achieved in poor countries.
In addressing rethinking economic growth strategies it will explain in greater detail that the kind of certainty and consensus that existed 10 to 15 years ago about the appropriate policy framework for economic growth has almost disappeared. And it is not clear what is going to replace it. It, therefore, makes the case for a particular way of thinking about designing growth strategies.
Dani Rodrik is Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), the Center for Global Development, the Institute for International Economics, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Among other honours, in 2002 he was presented the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.
He has given the Gaston Eyskens Lectures (October 2002), the Carlos F. Diaz Alejandro Lecture at the Latin American meeting of the Econometric Society (July 2001), the Alfred Marshall Lecture of the European Economic Association (August 1996), and the Raul Prebisch Lecture of UNCTAD (October 1997). Professor Rodrik holds a Ph.D. in economics and an MPA from Princeton University, and an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College.
The Lecture addresses one of the core issues in development: how can low income countries achieve faster rates of economic growth? Reviewing the lessons to be drawn from recent history, particularly with regard to Latin America and Asia, Rodrik...