Issue 80 - 01 | A Call Against Complacency

By Dambisa Moyo
Published March 9, 2011 12:00 a.m.
“Many will agree that a system of incentives is, and has been, the backbone of the success of the capitalist economic system. That over centuries, a network of incentives has driven innovation, which in turn has encouraged the inventiveness that has led to the unparalleled generation of ideas, goods, and services across America and the industrialized West.


Given the evidence and importance of positive incentives, why, over the past 50 years, have policymakers embarked on a systematic and deliberate strategy of putting in place a catalogue of policies that dis-incentivise citizens from acting in a manner that could be beneficial to their economies, and the world at large?”

About Dambisa Moyo | Dambisa Moyo is a prize-winning economist. The author of New York Times bestsellers Winner Take All and Dead Aid, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” by TIME magazine. Moyo is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She lives in New York City.

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