The World Bank and the persistence of poverty in poor countries

Arye L. Hillman

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William Easterly has written a book about why extensive development assistance over the course of decades failed to alleviate poverty in poor countries. As an economist at the World Bank, Easterly observed how resources and advice provided by the Bank failed to improve the lives of the poor in poor countries. Easterly considers different explanations for the development failures. He places the blame for persistence of poverty in poor countries on governments and political elites, who use their poor as hostages to personally benefit from aid resources and debt relief.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-795
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2002


  • Corruption
  • Development failure
  • Ethics and government
  • Political elites
  • World Bank


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