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Guest lecture

Demographic Change, Population Health, and Economic Growth

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This talk will focus on the interplay of population dynamics, population health, and economic growth. The first part will review the notion of a "demographic dividend", speculations about a coming economic "age-quake", and the view that "healthier means wealthier". These ideas will be examined from a global perspective, and also in terms of what they might mean for [Replaced incorrect character]New Zealand. Behavioural and policy adaptations that can (or naturally will) be undertaken to pre-empt or respond to the economic challenges of demographic change and changes in population health will also be discussed.

About David Bloom

Dr David Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography in the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Bloom is an economist whose work focuses on health, demography, education, and labor. In recent years, he has written extensively on primary, secondary, and tertiary education in developing countries and on the links among health status, population dynamics, and economic growth. Dr. Bloom has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Bloom has previously been a member of the public policy faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, and the economics faculty at Columbia University and Harvard University. He currently serves as a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and is a member of the Board of Directors of PSI and of the Board of Trustees of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Dr. Bloom also serves as Director of Harvard’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging. In April 2005 Dr. Bloom was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bloom received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976, and a PhD in Economics and Demography from Princeton University in 1981.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014