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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Mud Wrestling Score Sheet

Is this the end of the mud wrestling (for now)?:

How to Reach Closure after Bloodstained-Car Wreck-Level Trauma of Debating Sachs?, Aid Watch: In an attempt to wrap up the endless back and forth on the Huffington Post (my latest post went up today), here is a cheat sheet of how the debate proceeded. Since this was produced by one of the debate participants, it might be a trifle one-sided:

Huffington PostSensational attackDefense against previous round of attackValid point
Sachs 5/24: Aid IroniesE got aid himself but opposes it for dying babiesNoneImmunization works
Easterly 5/25: Why Critics are Better for Foreign Aid than ApologistsS as bad as Cheney intimidating opponents with smearsS previously quoted E accurately as in favor of what S now says E is againstAid needs critics to make sure it reaches poor people
Sachs 5/27: Moyo’s Confused Attack on Aid for AfricaAid critics don’t understand geography of AfricaS: Don’t worry, I’m smearing Moyo tooMalaria is bad
Easterly 5/29: Geography Lessons: Correcting Sachs on African Economic DevelopmentConvoluted S geography theory uses a lot of Ifs, Buts and Excepts to fit Africa, ignores bad governmentE: Bad government is more important than bad geography to explain Africa’s povertyAid should not go to bad governments
Sachs 6/1: No Need to Oversimplify PovertyE has “pre-scientific” mono-causal, bad government explanation for povertyS admits Zimbabwe has a bad government; geography theory data mining is justified in “complex systems”Poverty is complicated
Easterly 6/2: Astrology, Despotism, and AfricaS doesn’t understand data mining, which makes geography analysis = astrology; S calls despotisms besides Zim “potentially well governed”E: All science tests one thing at a time, such as bad government, not equivalent to believing only one thing mattersPeople adapt to geography thru trade & technology (like bed nets from S!) & migration

Please feel free to add your own takeaways, or just damn both houses.

    Posted by on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 07:19 PM in Development, Economics | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (6)


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