Monday, March 26, 2012

Jim Kim's complicated relationship with economic growth

Bill Easterly's shop at NYU gives some amazing quotes from Jim Yong Kim.

 Here's lo mas contundente:

 Conclusion: Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will, By Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and Jim Yong Kim

 “Through a series of specific cases, we have demonstrated how growth – the market-led economic growth sought by governments, the growth in profits celebrated by businesses, and the growth in power and influence of transnational financial and corporate interests – often comes at the expense of the disenfranchised and vulnerable… As the imperatives of growth at any cost increasingly determine economic and social policy and the behavior of global corporations, more people join the ranks of the poor and greater numbers suffer and die.” (p. 363)

So the presumptive new head of the WB believes that market led economic growth is causing MORE people to become poor and MORE people to die!


 So North Korea  >> South Korea?

 Mao  >>  Deng?

Houston, we have a problem.

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