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UC Connect: 2016 Condliffe Memorial Lecture - Early Life and the Roots of Economic Inequality

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Monday, July 4, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (NZST)

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Presented by: Janet Currie, Henry Putman Professor of Economics and Public Affairs; Chair, Department of Economics

In many industrial societies, increasing inequality has become a pressing social, political, and economic concern. Yet the roots of adult economic inequality often lie early in life. There is increasing evidence that adverse circumstances early in life, and even in utero, can leave lasting scars. Yet at the same time we have learned a great deal about how to compensate for early deprivation and there are many examples of successful interventions. Professor Currie will provide an overview of the literature highlighting the importance of early childhood and the fact that while children are fragile, they are also resilient.

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Well Being. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the Econometric Society, as well as past Vice President of the American Economic Association and in-coming President of the Society of Labor Economists. She is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her research focuses on the health and well-being of children including early intervention programs, expansions of public health insurance, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child health, environmental threats to children’s health, and the long term effects of poor health in early childhood.

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Law 108, Level 1 of the Business and Law Building, University Drive
Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury
Christchurch, None 8140
New Zealand

Monday, July 4, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM (NZST)


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