In any discussion of development, one dilemma invariably comes to the forefront: which should come first, growth or equity? Nowhere is this debate more pressing than in transitioning Arab countries, where a new social contract is in the making. It is a dilemma that must be resolved if the lives of these Arab citizens are to see any real improvement.
The debate took place on December 10th, 2014 in Cairo at 4.00 pm; and organized in collaboration with IDRC. To advance this public policy debate, two teams of debaters argued for and against the motion: The Economics of Growth is a More Urgent Priority than the Politics of Equity.
Our four debaters are Shantayanan Devarajan –World Bank-, Hoda Selim –Economic Research Forum-, Ahmed Galal –Economic Research Forum– and Ravi Kanbur – Cornell University-; it was moderated by Khaled Ezzelarab –Aswat Masreya-.
The crowd voted at the end of the debate; 53.9% were convinced that equity is more important than growth; while 33.3% voted for growth over equity.
You can now watch the debate online