Growth and Poverty

December 3, 2013  · 8:00-9:30PM

Columbia University, Low Memorial Library Rotunda

  • Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor; Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University, and 1998 Nobel Laureate in Economics


In his book, An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions (Princeton University Press), Amartya Sen and co-author Jean Drèze provide a comprehensive analysis of India’s developmental history, arguing against the practice of blanket liberalization and citing the success of large scale social programs aimed at improving healthcare, education, and utilities among the poor.

Amartya Sen discussed his analysis of the parallel phenomena of India’s booming economy and widespread poverty, as well as the global implications concerning environmental sustainability. Commentary and discussion with Professors Edmund Phelps and Jeffrey Sachs followed. A question and answer session with the audience concluded the program.