Professor William Easterly

We hear from 'rock star' economists like Jeffrey Sachs that "we can banish extreme poverty in our generation". But does that ring true?

On Wednesday Riz speaks with a leading American economist who argues that the West's efforts to aid the poor have done more harm than good.

William Easterly is the author of White Man's Burden, which studies how the West has spent billions to help poor countries, with little success.

Professor Easterly has criticized the G8, which meets in Germany next week, for "raising expectations it cannot meet" with its promises of aid for Africa.

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