Distinguished Lecture "Global Demographic Change and Its Economic Implications"

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Speaker: David Bloom, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University

Please save the date for our Fall 2016 Distinguished Lecture “Global Demographic Change and Its Economic Implications” co-presented with the Columbia Business School on October 27th at 5 pm in Uris Hall's Calder Lounge at Columbia University (Morningside Campus).  Please note RSVPs are required.  Please email Caitlin Hawke, Senior Science and Strategy Officer to attend: [email protected].

Our distinguished lecturer is economist and demographer David E. Bloom, PhD, Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of Harvard’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging.

This talk will focus on demographic patterns and trends and their implications for economic growth and development. The talk will be divided into three parts. The first part will review salient demographic shifts, both past (1950-2015) and projected (2015-2050). Emphasis will be placed on population growth, population aging, urbanization, and international migration. The second part is a briefing on the interplay between population dynamics and economic performance. This section will discuss classical thinking as well as more recent ideas, including the notion of the “demographic dividend”, population aging as a potential impediment to economic growth, and population health as a form of human capital. The final section will sketch some behavioral and some policy and institutional adaptations countries can, or naturally will, undertake to preempt or respond to the economic challenges that demographic change has in store for them, or to take advantage of new opportunities associated with demographic shifts.