New York University Professors William Easterly and Nouriel Roubini are among the top 100 Twitter users in international affairs, according to a ranking by Foreign Policy magazine. The list also included Prime Ministers Stephen Harper of Canada and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, former Vice President Al Gore, Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, and Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Easterly (@bill_easterly), who also has an appointment with NYU’s Africa House, is the author of The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (2006). In it, he argues that Western aid plans have failed and will continue to do so because they are far too removed and detached from the situations of poverty they are attempting to improve. Easterly, who served as a research economist at the World Bank for 16 years, contends that local methods are much more successful against poverty. His other published works include The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists’ Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics (2001). Easterly is also co-director of NYU’s Development Research Institute, which is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries.
Roubini (@Nouriel), a professor in NYU’s Stern School of Business, received acclaim for his bearish forecast for the U.S. and world economies and for predicting the sub-prime crisis well in advance of many economists. His published works include Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Economies (2004) and Political Cycles and the Macroeconomy (1997), both co-authored volumes. Under the Clinton Administration, Roubini served as senior economist for international affairs at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and senior advisor to the under secretary for international affairs and the director of the Office of Policy Development and Review at the U.S. Treasury Department. Roubini has been a long-time consultant to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and other private and public institutions.