Anglo German Foundation Lecture at DIW Berlin: "How unfair is GDP? The half-life of Economic Injustice"

Date: 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 17:30 to 18:30
Location: 
DIW Berlin
Mohrenstr. 58 Room 1.2.019
10117 Berlin
Germany

This year's  Anglo-German Foundation Lecture, supported by NIESR, will be held at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.

The speaker is Professor David Miles presenting: "How unfair is GDP? The half-life of Economic Injustice"

Introduction Rachel King | EU & Economic Counsellor, British Embassy Berlin

Ask yourself this: how did I come to be as well off as I am? Was it partly through the inheritance of wealth that depends, to some extent, on the unjust acquisition of assets in the far past – maybe by an ancestor? Perhaps more likely – or at least more easily assessed - is that you shared in an economic environment that was richer and more successful than it might have been because some resources in the distant past had been acquired unfairly. Perhaps you are Belgian – or perhaps you are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In either case you might wonder how your standard of living today may even now reflect the lasting impact of assets being looted from the time of King Leopold II in the late nineteenth century. How you answer these questions is fundamental to how you view the legitimacy of the distribution of incomes and wealth today.

To register, please confirm your participation by June 24, 2019 at the email: events [at] diw.de

More information about the Anglo-German Foundation Lecture Series, including details and video of the 2018 Lecture held at NIESR, can be found here.