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Jeffrey D. Sachs

Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Jeffrey Sachs is director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and was a special advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals.

Mr. Sachs has advised governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia and Africa on economic reforms, and he has worked with international agencies to promote poverty reduction, disease control and debt reduction of poor countries.

Prior to joining Columbia, Mr. Sachs spent over 20 years at Harvard University, most recently as director of the Center for International Development.

He is the author of many scholarly articles and books. Mr. Sachs was recently elected into the Institute of Medicine and is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Sachs received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

Articles by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Common Wealth

Will the 21st century be marked by a shift from acting in national interests to acting in global interests?

July 14, 2008

A Checklist for Development Economics

What medical strategies can economists apply to repair developing world economies?

July 6, 2005

Development Economics as Clinical Economics

Can clinical strategies make development in poor countries more effective?

July 5, 2005

Message to Washington: Get Serious About Development

How committed are U.S. policymakers to development assistance?

April 8, 2005