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
- Edmund S. Phelps, Director, Center on Capitalism and Society, Columbia University; 2006 Nobel Laureate in Economics
- Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management, Columbia University.
- Moderated by Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy and Director, South Asia Institute
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.