Condliffe Memorial Lecture
The Condliffe Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2005 to honour John Bell Condliffe (pictured right) who became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921.
The lecture series brings leading economists to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to the broader business and policy community. The Condliffe Memorial Lecture is hosted by the Department of Economics and Finance and all staff, students, alumni and the public are welcome to attend.
Early Life and the Roots of
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Policy Affairs,
Chair, Department of Economics,
Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing,
When: Monday 4 July 2016, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Where: LAWS 108 Lecture Theatre,
Ground Floor Business & Law Building
In this lecture, Professor Currie will provide an overview of the literature highlightling the importance of early childhood, discuss how to compensate for early deprivation, and share examples of successful interventions.
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.
About the speaker
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.