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December 2017

Propinquity Matters: How Better Health, Urbanization, and Income Grew and Can Grow Together, 1700-2100

December 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 6-100

Speaker: William McGreevey Economic history can be summarized as a long period of human life before 1870, a century of high total factor productivity (TFP) growth, 1870 to 1970, and a potentially long century of missed opportunities, 1971 - 2100. Key events in health, urbanization, and productivity growth arguably demonstrate the advantages of propinquity, i.e., proximity one to another, that can facilitate exchange of ideas and trade in goods and services. Events in the second half of the nineteenth century,…

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Trekking in rural France, Ardéche – a presentation of the 1818 Hiking Club

December 12 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
MC 8-100

  Four members of the 1818 Hiking Club—Cora, Gail, Marjory-Anne, and Maryvonne —trekked in rural France, Ardéche last summer. Join us for a delightful presentation by the group on their experience of the gentle, one-week walk through the varied countryside in the south of France as they enjoyed the pleasures of local French cuisine and culture. Presentation by: Maryvonne Plessis-Fraissard with Cora Shaw and Marjory-Anne Bromhead

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Bangladesh’s Human Development Success: A Governance Paradox?

December 13 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Room MC 10-100

Speaker: Dr. Naomi Hossain, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, UK.    Dr. Naomi has recently published a book titled “ Understanding Bangladesh’s Unexpected Success”. Development practitioners generally agree that Bangladesh has achieved notable success in human development. How were such rapid gains possible in a context of chronically weak governance (governance paradox)?  The book examines this question and presents an explanation for the successes. What lessons does Bangladesh story offer for other countries with weak governance? Dr. Hossain and other…

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China’s Economic Prospects and Implications for Energy Use—Myths and Realities

December 14 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
MC 6-100

Speaker: Yukon Huang Summary: China pulled millions out of poverty by relying on coal as the backbone of its energy supply to support heavy industry and manufacturing exports. While this led to China’s very rapid economic growth, it also resulted in serious damage to the country’s environment and to the health of its citizen. China’s new development strategy is aiming at transitioning its economy towards services and domestic markets. This shift, together with tight regulations of the energy sector to…

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