Paul Romer, Former World Bank Chief Economist, Had Some Parting Thoughts

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Paul Romer, who resigned Wednesday as the chief economist of the World Bank, said the institution faces “inevitable tension” between its diplomatic aims and its goal of supporting scientific research in its economics department.

“The World Bank must operate in the world of diplomacy,” Mr. Romer said in a statement posted on his blog Thursday, his first public remarks since his abrupt resignation. “This creates an inevitable tension between the domains of science and diplomacy.”

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