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HWS Economics Professor’s Book on Poverty Published

“World Poverty” illustrates the impact of an individual country's poverty on the rest of the world

(Dec. 1, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Geoffrey Gilbert, professor of economics at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, is the author of a new book that examines world poverty and analyzes some of the policy issues that it raises. Titled “World Poverty: A Reference Handbook,” the book was published recently by ABC-CLIO as part of their Contemporary World Issues series. “World Poverty” was preceded by Gilbert's “World Population” in 2001 in the same handbook series.

Nearly half of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day. While life expectancy climbs to new highs in wealthy countries, inhabitants of poor countries face malnutrition, disease and early death. Gilbert offers an examination of the controversies and policies surrounding world poverty, patterns in the quality of health, food, shelter and the commitments of the international community, and issues such as globalization, effectiveness of foreign aid, corruption and goals for poverty reduction.

Gilbert is also the population editor of the “Biographical Dictionary of British Economists” published by Thoemmes Continuum in 2004, for which he wrote six entries on some early British thinkers whose work combined elements of economics and demography. Most of the research on these entries was done at the British Library in London.

Gilbert holds a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, where he was named Phi Beta Kappa, and a doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. He joined the HWS Colleges' faculty in 1977, and was promoted to full professor in 1987. Gilbert has been chair of the economics department twice. He is a member of the American Economic Association and the History of Economics Society.


The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.) published a notice on the book Dec. 6.