Bloomberg Law
Feb. 23, 2023, 4:30 PM

For the World Bank, Public Health Is the Priority: Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen
Bloomberg Editorial

Ajay Banga, the former head of Mastercard Inc. who is President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the World Bank, will be getting a lot of advice over the next few months as the nomination process unfolds. As the president himself says, the bank is at a “critical moment.” Here are my thoughts on how to restructure the institution for the better.

First, contrary to the prevailing wisdom, the World Bank should not make climate change more of a priority. Climate-change issues are more closely associated with rich and middle-income countries than with the poorest countries. The very poorest countries, because they have ...

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