The Development Bargain: Why Elites Gamble on Growth w/ Stefan Dercon

29 Sep 2022 – 18:00 – 19:30 BST
Auditorium, LSE Centre Building and online
London School of Economics,
LSE's Centre Building

In the last 30 years, the developing world has undergone tremendous changes. Overall, poverty has fallen, people live longer and healthier lives, and economies have been transformed. Why have some countries prospered, while others have failed?

Stefan Dercon argues that the answer lies in a key ‘development bargain’, whereby a country’s elites shift from protecting their own positions to gambling on a growth-based future. Despite the imperfections of such bargains, China is among the most striking recent success stories, along with Indonesia and more unlikely places, such as Bangladesh, Ghana, and Ethiopia.

This event discusses lessons learned from Ghana to understand why and how elites decide to engage with economic growth.

This event is part of the Sir Arthur Lewis programme.

About the Author

Stefan Dercon is Professor of Economic Policy and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. Combining an academic career with long experience in international development policy, he is a former DFID chief economist and a policy advisor to the UK foreign secretary.

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