My Luncheon With Bono

My Harvard colleague Jeff Sachs does many interesting things, but I was surprised when his secretary called to invite me to lunch with him and Bono, the lead singer of the rock group U2. Bono wanted to discuss the Jubilee 2000 campaign, which is a global movement aimed at canceling the international debts of the world's poorest countries. My first instinct was to decline, but I decided to check things out with my daughter, Lisa, who is an expert on rock stars. She said: "Dad, this is the coolest thing imaginable. I finally appreciate the fringe benefits from having a father who is a famous economist. Of course you have to go." Since I never miss a chance to impress one of my kids, I naturally went to lunch.

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