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Book launch: “Beating the Odds: Jump-Starting Developing Countries”

05/03/2020

DATE: Monday 22 May 2017

TIME: 14:00 – 16:00

PANEL

  • Dr. Célestin Monga, Vice-President and Chief Economist,AfDB
  • Prof. Justin Yifu Lin, Director, Center for New StructuralEconomics, Peking University
  • Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Board Chair, Gavi

MODERATOR

  • Ms. Julie Gichuru, KBC

This book, by Justin Yifu Lin and Célestin Monga (forthcoming,May-June 2017 by Princeton University Press) addresse skey issues of Africa’s economic development. The book has been endorsed by several Nobel laureates in economics and is billed to be a key reference material for scholars on Africa’s development issues. Below a selection of reviews:
"This powerful book brings encouraging news to developing countries. A nation does not have to be developed to achieve economic growth: Witness Israel’s cultivation of the Negev Desert and Mali’s vibrant mango industry. History gives striking examples of take-off into sustained growth with little education and not much infrastructure either." --Edmund Phelps, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“After the failure of Washington Consensus economic policies, Justin Yifu Lin and Célestin Monga draw on examples of successful economic development from all over the world to show us the way forward. Rather than focus on austerity and painful ‘reform’ programs, Lin and Monga demonstrate that there is a role for government, industrial policy, and other measures that help business grow and create jobs. They forcefully show that another world is possible." --Joseph E. Stiglitz, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate in Economics
“Justin Yifu Lin and Célestin Monga draw on long experience and insightful analysis to show how successful economic development depends, first and foremost, on a pragmatic assessment of each nation’s comparative advantages and a realistic understanding of how they can change over time" --Roger Myerson, University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate in Economics
This book launch will consist in a short presentation, followed by a panel discussion featuring renowned experts/practitioners on the subject matter and interaction with the audience through a question and answer session.

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