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Global Crises, Global Solutionsby Bjorn Lomborg
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This volume provides a uniquely rich set of arguments and data for prioritizing our responses to some of the most serious problems facing the world today, such as climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts, education, financial instability, corruption, migration, malnutrition and hunger, trade barriers, and water access. Leading economists evaluate the evidence for costs and benefits of various programs to help gauge how we can achieve the most good with our money. Each problem is introduced by a world-renowned expert analyzing the scale of the problem and describing the costs and benefits of a range of policy options to improve the situation. Shorter pieces from experts offering alternative positions are also included; all ten challenges are evaluated by a panel of economists from North America, Europe, and China who rank the most promising policy options. Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a serious, yet accessible, springboard for debate and discussion and will be required reading for government employees, NGOs, scholars and students of public policy and applied economics, and anyone with a serious professional or personal interest in global development issues. Bjørn Lomborg is Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Aarhus and the director of the Danish Environmental Assessment Institute. He is also the author of the controversial bestseller, The Skeptical Environmentalist (Cambridge, 2001).
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Lomborg (statistics, U. of Aarhus) explores ten of the most serious challenges facing the world today: climate change, communicable diseases, conflicts and arms proliferation, access to education, financial instability, governance and corruption, malnutrition and hunger, migration, sanitation and access to clean water, and subsidies and trade barriers. He provides arguments and data for this set of problems and hopes to help in prioritizing responses. Each issue is introduced by an expert who defines the scale of the problem and describes the cost and benefits of a range of policy options. Two sets of alternative perspectives are included with the proposals, and eight economists rank the options and evaluate the the policy proposals.
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Leading economists address ten of the most serious challenges facing the world today: Climate Change, Communicable Diseases, Conflicts, Education, Financial Instability, Corruption, Migration, Malnutrition and Hunger, Trade Barriers, Access to Water. World experts evaluate various policy options for each problem, stimulating the debate on prioritising our response to global challenges.
Lomborg, the skeptical environmentalist, returns with this collection of articles from world renowned experts, including four Nobel Laureates, on how to apply limited resources to solve the top-10 crises facing the world today.
Leading economists, including three Nobel prize winners, evaluate ten serious global challenges.
A unique publication exploring the opportunities for addressing ten of the most serious challenges facing the world today: Climate Change, Communicable Diseases, Conflicts, Education, Financial Instability, Corruption, Migration, Malnutrition and Hunger, Trade Barriers, Access to Water. Leading economists define the scale of each problem and discuss the costs and benefits of a range of policy options for improvement. Experts from North America, Europe and China then attempt to rank the most promising policy options, stimulating the debate on prioritising our response to some of the major issues of today.
About the Author
Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Aarhus and Director Environmental Assessement Institute, Copenhagen. Author of contoversial best-seller The Skeptical Environmentalist 05211010683
Table of Contents
List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; Preface; List of contributors; List of abbreviations and acronyms; Introduction BjÃ¸rn Lomborg; Part I. The Challenges: 1. Climate change William Cline; Alternative perspectives 1.1 Robert Mendelsohn 1.2 Alan S. Manne; 2. Communicable diseases Anne Mills and Sam Shilcutt; Alternative perspectives 2.1 David B. Evans 2.2 Jacques van der Gaag; 3. Conflicts and arms proliferation Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler; Alternative perspectives 3.1 Michael D. Intraligator 3.2 Tony Addison; 4. Access to education Lant Pritchett; Alternative perspectives 4.1 T. Paul Schultz 4.2 Ludger WÃ¶bmann; 5. Financial instability Barry Eichengreen; Alternative perspectives 5.1 Charles Wyplosz; 5.2 Peter Blair Henry; 6. Governance and corruption Susan Rose-Ackerman; Alternative perspectives 6.1 Jens Christopher Andvig; 6.2 Jean Cartier-Bresson; 7. Malnutrition and hunger Jere R. Behrman, Harold Alderman and John Hoddinott; Alternative perspectives 7.1 Peter Svedberg; 7.2 Simon Appleton; 8. Migration Philip Martin; Alternative perspectives 8.1 Mark Rosenzweig 8.2 Roger BÃ¶hning; 9. Sanitation and access to clean water Frank Rijsberman; Alternative perspectives 9.1 John J. Boland 9.2 Henry Vaux, Jr. 10. Subsidies and trade barriers Kym Anderson; Alternative perspectives 10.1 Jan Pronk 10.2 Arvind Panagariya; Part II. Ranking the Opportunities: Jagdish Bhagwati, Robert Fogel, Bruno Frey, Justin Yifu Lin, Douglass North, Thomas Schelling, Vernon Smith and Nancy Stokey; Expert Panel; Youth Parliament; Index.
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