"Gambling on Development: Why Some Countries Win and Others Lose" with Stefan Dercon Interviewed by Ian Goldin

Past Event

03 April 2022, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Blackwell's Bookshop
50 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BQ

Gambling on Development website

This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2022, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner.

Economist and government adviser Professor Stefan Dercon looks at why some countries have prospered in recent decades and why others have failed.

Dercon has spent decades visiting developing countries and talking to prime ministers, civil servants and ordinary people in his quest to find out what brings success. He argues that a set of policies does not lie behind the difference but rather a ‘development bargain’ in which a country’s elites switch from protecting their own position to espousing a growth-based future. He says this is behind the success of countries such as China, Bangladesh, Ghana and Ethiopia.

Dercon is professor of economic policy, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance and director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. He is a former Department for International Development chief economist and a policy advisor to the UK foreign secretary. Here he talks to Professor Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Development and a former vice-president of the World Bank.


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