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Inaugural Lecture of Leibniz-Professor on 17 October, 2018

Inaugural Lecture of Leibniz-Professor on 17 October, 2018

The Inaugural Lecture of the Leibniz-Professor will take place on

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018
at 6 p. m.
at the Alte Handelsbörse in Leipzig (Naschmarkt 1).

The Leibniz-Professor during winter term 2018/19 will be Sjak Smulders, Professor of Economics, Tilburg University (Netherlands) and University of Calgary (Canada). The topic of this lecture is Economic Growth: Recent Insights on its Roots, Rhythm, and Future.

Appetizer: Over the past 200 years or so, each next generation in Europe is substantially richer than the previous one - with higher income, more to spend, more leisure time and holidays, better health. We might forget about this phenomenon of economic growth when it is hidden by big events. This lecture first aims to discuss the roots of economic growth. We show how recent advances in economics and economic history have increased - and sometimes changed - our understanding of economic growth in the past and presence.

The lecture also looks ahead. If global climate problems continue to be unsolvable in international agreements and population aging further puts more pressure on welfare systems, our future economy might be significantly poorer. Moreover, consumerism and overexploitation of the world's natural resources in the pursuit of economic growth have evoked criticism of the capitalist model of growth and its moral grounds. We discuss how environmental economics and climate science has recently provided new answers to these challenges.

The event is open to the interested public.

letzte Änderung: 23.10.2015