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Jagdish Bhagwati: Why Growth Matters
Kane Hall 130

Jagdish BhagwatiSince Independence, India has seen widely different economic experiments, from Jawharlal Nehru's pragmatism to the rigid state socialism of Indira Gandhi to the brisk liberalization of the 1990s. So which strategy best addresses India's—and, by extension, the world's—greatest moral challenge: lifting a great number of extremely poor people out of poverty?

In his lecture, Why Growth Matters, Jagdish Bhagwati argues forcefully that only one strategy will help the poor to any significant effect: economic growth, led by markets overseen and encouraged by liberal state policies. Their radical message has huge consequences for economists, development NGOs and anti-poverty campaigners worldwide. There are vital lessons not only for Southeast Asia, but for Africa, Eastern Europe, and anyone who wants to eradicate poverty.

Jagdish Bhagwati is an Indian American economist and professor of economics and law at Columbia University. The University Bookstore will sell autographed copies of his new book, Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty & the Lessons for Other Developing Countries, following the lecture.

Cost: Free, but advance registration is requested.

For more information, contact Thaddeus Teo at 206-616-1157 or thadteo@uw.edu.

Department sponsors:

Jackson School of International Studies      School of Law      Henry M. Jackson Foundation

Department partners:

UW Alumni Association, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Economics, and the University Book Store

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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