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John Bell Condliffe


Condliffe Memorial Lecture

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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.


2016 Lecture:
Early Life and the Roots of Economic Inequality

Janet Currie

Janet Currie
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Policy Affairs,
Chair, Department of Economics,
Director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing,
Princeton University

When: Monday 4 July 2016, 5:30 – 6:30pm
Where: LAWS 108 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor Business & Law Building

In this lecture, Professor Currie provided an overview of the literature highlightling the importance of early childhood, discussed how to compensate for early deprivation, and shared examples of successful interventions.

This UC Connect lecture was recorded and is available online via YouTube


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.

Past Condliffe Lectures

2015 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Terry Anderson "Environmental Markets: Lessons from and for Fisheries Management"

2014 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: David Card "The Economics of Immigration and Immigration Reform"

2013 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Professor Edward Glaeser "What if our cities vanished?"

2012 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: John H. Cochrane "What if governments can't pay their debts?"

2011 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Martin Weitzman "Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?"

2010 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Charles Plott "The emergence of economics as a laboratory sciences"

2009 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Hal Varian "Computer mediated transactions"

2008 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Joel Slemrod, "Tax policy in the real world"

2007 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Mark Blaug, "Congestion Charges: the solution to traffic problems?"

2006 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Gene Grossman, "Trading Tasks: It's Not Wine for Cloth Anymore".

2005 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Jerry Hausman, "Consumer Benefits from Increased Competition in Shopping Outlets: Measuring the Effect of Wal-Mart.