The man TIME magazine calls "the world's best-known economist" seems to be everywhere lately. With the publication of his latest book, The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities of Our Time, Sachs has been making the rounds on the talk show circuit. Last week, TIME excerpted a portion of Sachs' new book, and today, Claudia Rossett reviewed the book for the WSJ. Also, Sachs contributes an article to the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs entitled "The Development Challenge." He's everywhere.
Sachs has also been quoted recently as disapproving of President Bush's nomination of Paul Wolfowitz as the next head of the World Bank. With this I must disagree with Mr. Sachs. I believe Wolfowitz is a fine choice for president of the World Bank and his CV thoroughly suggests that this is so. As a former Ambassador to Indonesia and dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Wolfowitz has dealt with development and aid at both the practical and theoretical levels. Also, his time at the DoD has prepared him for the burden of overseeing a large bureaucracy.
The World Bank's mission is to alleviate poverty around the world. Here's hoping that Mr. Sachs will join Mr. Wolfowitz in this endeavor instead of being a thorn in his side.