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David Morrison Lecture at Trent University to Answer: Are Some Countries Destined for Under-development?

September 26, 2017

Annual lecture in International Development on September 28 to discuss problems with economic policy

Dr. Ha-Joon Chang, professor at the University of Cambridge, and a specialist in development economics, will deliver Trent University’s tenth annual David Morrison Lecture in International Development on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Market Hall, with a talk titled, Are Some Countries Destined for Under-development? 

Economists have long tried to explain the poor economic performance in certain developing countries, especially the ones in Sub-Saharan Africa, in terms of factors like, geography, climate, history, and culture. In this lecture, Professor Chang argues that these explanations can only be interpreted as an attempt to ‘explain away’ why the many so-called ‘good’ economic policies have failed to deliver the expected results, leaving many countries struggling with national and personal poverty.

"We are delighted to bring Ha-Joon Chang to Trent and Peterborough. He has a world-class reputation for ground-breaking work that has challenged orthodox thinking in development economics," said professor emeritus Dr. David Morrison, who established the lecture series with his wife and retired Trent professor of Sociology, Dr. Alena Heitlinger. "Dr. Chang's insights will be enlightening for those who share a commitment to overcoming the global scourges of under-development, poverty and inequality."

Prof. Chang has published 16 authored books, including Kicking Away the Ladder, Bad Samaritans, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, and Economics: The User’s Guide. By 2018, his writings will have been translated and published in 41 languages and 44 countries. He was ranked ninth in the Prospect magazine’s World Thinkers 2014 poll.