January 16, 2010 Leave a comment
I honestly don't have anything useful myself to say on Haiti. It's the sort of country that makes me wish I knew a little more comparative politics (rather than being a narrow Americanist) so I could have a better grasp on how the political situation is related to the endemic poverty. I found this David Brooks column quite interesting. Basically, nobody has a very good idea on what to do to get Haiti, or similar countries, working. Kind of sad and depressing:
In the recent anthology “What Works in Development?,” a group of
economists try to sort out what we’ve learned. The picture is grim.
There are no policy levers that consistently correlate to increased
growth. There is nearly zero correlation between how a developing
economy does one decade and how it does the next. There is no
consistently proven way to reduce corruption. Even improving governing
institutions doesn’t seem to produce the expected results.
Brooks ends by suggesting we follow the model of the Harlem Chilrden's Zone abroad. This is amazing (here's a great 60 minutes clip), but heck, we can't even follow it in America yet.