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Global Crises, Global Solutions

Edited By: Bjorn Lomborg

672 pages, Figs, tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jul 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179571 | ISBN-13: 9780521741224
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About this book

Explores 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. In a world fraught with problems and challenges, we need to gauge how to achieve the greatest good with our money. Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a rich set of arguments and data for prioritising our response most effectively. Each problem is introduced by a world-renowned expert defining the scale of the problem and describing the costs and benefits of a range of policy options to improve the situation. Each challenge is evaluated by economists from North America, Europe and China who attempt a ranking of the most promising options.

This new edition is entirely revised and updated but retains the format that made the first edition one of the most widely discussed policy statments of recent years.

The Economist selected Global Crises, Global Solutions as one of the best books in 2004. 'A hugely sensible book about global health and environmental problems, based on the 'Copenhagen Consensus' project documented in The Economist. Its authors, eminent economists, recognise that the resources to tackle such problems are finite and need to be applied where they are most likely to be effective. Better, for instance, to spend resources on the immediate problem of AIDS in Africa than the more distant one of global warming. This book is a healthy antidote to the narrow views of single-issue pressure groups.' The Economist 'Global Crises, Global Solutions is, therefore, worthwhile in that it offers an economic perspective on important problems in global policy.' The Lancet 'Whether you agree or disagree with the Copenhagen Consensus' analysis or conclusions, Global Crises, Global Solutions provides a serious, yet accessible, springboard for further debate and discussion.' African Business '! contains some of the best and most relevant policy research that social scientists have produced during the past few years.' Journal of Peace Research 'In the end, Global Crises, Global Solutions reports a brave and well-organised venture aimed at challenging our thinking about what matters most in the world.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'This report is an excellent, controversial and refreshing approach to global problems.' getAbstract


List of figures; List of tables; List of boxes; Preface; List of contributors; List of abbreviations and acronyms; Introduction BjA 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 Wobmann; 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 Bohning; 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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Bjorn Lomborg is Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Aarhus and former Director, Environmental Assessment Institute, Copenhagen. He is author of the controversial best-seller The Skeptical Environmentalist 0521 1010683.

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