Ethics Lecture: Assisting the Poor in Non-Poor Countries

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor Applied Economics and Professor of Economics at Cornell University, will deliver his lecture “Assisting the Poor in Non-Poor Countries: Conceptual and Practical Issues” Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Letitia Pate Evans Dining Hall, Terrace Level.

The lecture is part of the 2011-12 Ethics Series: “Poverty, Aid, and Development.” The event is co-sponsored by the Agnes Scott Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Georgia, through its McNair Lecture Fund and the Ethics Program through the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund.

All ethics events are free and open to the public and require no ticket for admission.

Kanbur’s primary research areas are public economics and development economics. Topics on which he has published include risk taking, inequality, poverty, structural adjustment, debt, agriculture and political economy. Kanbur has served on the staff of the World Bank. His positions with the World Bank have included Senior Economic Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region of the World Bank and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report.

Other lectures in the ethics series include:

• Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. "Resolving Development Dilemmas," Lori Gruen, professor of philosophy, environmental studies, and feminist, gender and sexuality studies and director of the Ethics in Society Project at Wesleyan University.

• Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. “Responsibility for International Aid: Individual, Collective, and State,” Liam Murphy, Herbert Peterfreund Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at New York University.

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