The second live #DevtIDEAS Debate is coming soon! Development Ideas invites you to participate.

Growth or equity: which comes first?

When thinking about development economics, inevitably a tension of priorities arises: growth or social equity. While the 2008 financial crisis gave prominence to economic growth in recent years, there is a renewed interest in social equity and inclusion for a more just society. However, growth versus equity is not an academic debate. The actions inspired by the either side of the argument affect the lives of real people. Four #DevtIDEAS debaters will defend the merits of each position, examining the trade-offs and shifting trends.

This debate will be in English.


  • Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, Cornell University
  • Rohinton Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Bruce Currie-Alder, Regional Director, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)




December 10, 2014 14H00 UTC (16H00 Cairo, 14H00 London, 9H00 New York)


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#DevtIDEAS Debates are a series of live chats organized by Development Ideas — a space for thinkers and practitioners to learn, share and debate about international development. The site is facilitated by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in collaboration with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the United Nations University (UNU).