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Jeffrey Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time Magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist Magazine ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

Professor Sachs served as the Director of the Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. He was appointed University Professor at Columbia University in 2016, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria. Sachs is Director of both the Center for Sustainable Development, and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network under the auspices of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Sachs is co-founder and Chief Strategist of Millennium Promise Alliance, and is director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. He has authored five books, including three New York Times bestsellers (*), in the past decade years: The End of Poverty (2005*), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008*), The Price of Civilization (2011*), To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013) and The Age of Sustainable Development (2015).

Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than thirty years he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He was among the outside advisors to Pope John Paul II on the encyclical Centesimus Annus and in recent years has worked closely with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences on the issues of sustainable development.

Sachs is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Blue Planet Prize, membership in the United States Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Harvard Society of Fellows, and the Fellows of the World Econometric Society. His conversation with Tyler Cowen won the Quartz Podcast Award for best business/economics podcast of 2015. He has received more than 20 honorary degrees, and many awards and honors around the world. Professor Sachs is also a frequent contributor to major publications such as the Financial Times of London, the International Herald Tribune, Scientific American, and Time magazine.
Prior to joining Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.

Entries by Jeffrey Sachs

Clinton's Speech Shows That Only Sanders Is Fit for the Presidency

(621) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 8:21 AM

Hillary Clinton's recent foreign policy speech was an attack on Donald Trump but was also a reminder that Clinton is a deeply flawed and worrisome candidate. Her record as Secretary of State was one of the worst in modern U.S. history; her policies have enmeshed America in new...

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Repairing America's Broken Foreign Policy

(71) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 8:08 AM

This article first appeared on Jadaliyya on May 6, 2016.

US foreign policy is a danger to the United States and to the world, and it has been for some time. As President Dwight Eisenhower famously foretold in his farewell address of January 1961, the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) now transcends...

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Hillary Clinton and the Syrian Bloodbath

(392) Comments | Posted February 14, 2016 | 11:03 AM

In the Milwaukee debate, Hillary Clinton took pride in her role in a recent UN Security Council resolution on a Syrian ceasefire:

But I would add this. You know, the Security Council finally got around to adopting a resolution. At the core of that resolution is an agreement...
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How the US Congress Hands US Corporate Taxes To Europe

(173) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 6:44 AM

The American Congress is so incompetent that it is arbitrarily handing billions of dollars of U.S. tax revenues to Europe. The issue involves tax manipulation by America's top IT and pharmaceutical companies, including Google, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Gilead and others. These companies should be paying U.S. taxes that instead are...

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Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine

(469) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:37 AM

There's no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street. Even more dangerous, though, is that she is the candidate of the military-industrial complex. The idea that she is bad on the corporate issues but good on national security has it wrong. Her so-called foreign policy "experience" has been...

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The Wall Street Journal Abandons Its Business Readers

(43) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 10:02 AM

The Wall Street Journal has become the Fox News of print journalism, another entertainment outlet of the Murdoch media empire. The paper's opinion pages are lively, clever, and increasingly fact free. Business leaders looking for serious analysis instead of entertainment should turn to The Financial Times and other leading business...

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Hillary Clinton and the ISIS Mess

(254) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:31 AM

Hillary Clinton's speech on ISIS to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) showed clearly what to expect in a Clinton presidency: more of the same. In her speech, Clinton doubled down on the existing, failed U.S. approach in the Middle East, the one she pursued as Secretary of...

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Why the TPP Is Too Flawed for a 'Yes' Vote in Congress

(47) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 12:43 PM

This article first appeared in the Boston Globe.

Globalization is a positive and powerful force for good, if it is embedded in the right kind of ethical and legal framework. Yet the current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is not worthy of a simple thumbs-up by the Congress....

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Rational Drug Pricing

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 8:19 AM

Drug pricing has taken center stage in U.S. politics, and it's high time that it should. The soaring prices for drugs like Sovaldi ($1,000 a pill) and the recent hike of Deraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill after the supplier was bought by a shady hedge-fund manager,...

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The Cure for Gilead

(53) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 7:07 AM

Gilead has the cure for Hepatitis C (HCV) known as Sofosbuvir, which is taken alone or in combination with other drugs. Now we need a cure for Gilead. By pressing the company to make Sofosbuvir-based therapies accessible to all who need them, the Hepatitis C epidemic in America and worldwide...

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Germany, Greece, and the Future of Europe

(164) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 9:15 AM

I have been helping countries to overcome financial crises for 30 years, and have studied the economic crises of the twentieth century as background to my advisory work. In all crises, there is an inherent imbalance of power between creditor and debtor. Successful crisis management therefore depends on the creditor's...

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Gilead's Greed That Kills

(144) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 7:22 AM

Gilead Sciences is an American pharmaceutical company driven by unquenchable greed. The company is causing hundreds of thousands of Americans with Hepatitis C to suffer unnecessarily and many of them to die as the result of its monopolistic practices, while public health programs face bankruptcy. Gilead CEO John C. Martin...

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Obama Bravely Ignores the Clamoring of the Warmongers with Iran Deal

(377) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NEW YORK -- The accord struck in Vienna to rein in Iran's nuclear activities has warmongers fulminating. Citizens worldwide should support U.S. President Barack Obama's brave effort to outmaneuver them, taking heart from the fact that the signatories include not just the United States, but all five permanent members of...

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A Corpse Can't Carry Out Reform in Greece. Here's What Can.

(98) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:59 PM

QUITO -- The Greek crisis is a tragedy for the country and a danger for the world economy. Germany is demanding that Greece continue to service its debts in full, even though Greece is clearly broke and the International Monetary Fund has noted the need for debt relief....

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Greeks Are Just Trying to Stay Alive

(198) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 12:54 PM

PARIS -- After months of wrangling, the showdown between Greece and its European creditors has come down to a standoff over pensions and taxes. Greece is refusing to acquiesce to demands by its creditors that it cut payments to the elderly and raise the value-added tax on their medicine and...

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A Call to Scale-Up Community Health Workers

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 8:24 AM

This post is co-authored with Sonia Sachs on behalf of the 1 Million CHW Campaign.

Public health officials and practitioners from around Africa and from international public and private organizations, businesses, and universities, met in Accra, Ghana June 9-11 to consider ways to scale-up the coverage of high-quality...

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The Harvard IKB School of Engineering

(15) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 9:20 AM

The good people of Dusseldorf, Germany, and specifically the IKB Bank, which specializes in loans to small and medium-size businesses, has kindly endowed Harvard University's engineering school with a gift of $400m. Harvard President Faust announced the endowment on June 3, the most generous in the University's history. Strangely, though,...

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Why Fast Track Is a Dangerous Gift to Corporate Lobbies

(36) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 8:24 AM

This post was co-authored with Lise Johnson, head of investment law and policy at the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Lisa Sachs, director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

The Obama Administration is now on track to get "fast track" legislation through the Senate, heading towards...

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Defend Workers and the Environment Before Voting Fast Track

(35) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 8:16 AM

President Barack Obama is making a full-court press for two new international business agreements, one with Asian-Pacific countries known as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the other with European countries known as the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). To secure these, he is calling on Congress to pass Trade Promotion...

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O caminho da felicidade: lições do Relatório Mundial da Felicidade de 2015

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 5:51 PM

Ficar mais rico, mas não mais feliz: é uma história familiar para pessoas e países. O objetivo do Relatório Mundial da Felicidade, agora em sua terceira edição, é lembrar governos, sociedade civil e indivíduos que, sozinha, a renda não garante nosso bem-estar. A verdadeira felicidade depende de capital...

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