by John W. McArthur and Krista Rasmussen
Brookings Global Economy & Development Working Paper 98, January 2017
Did the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) make any difference? Perhaps no question is more important for assessing the results of global policy cooperation between 2000 and 2015. But this is a difficult question to answer empirically, because pathways of cause and effect are difficult to discern. At a minimum one can distinguish between the amount of acceleration and the amount of progress achieved on each relevant issue. The authors do this in their new study.