September 14, 2017

Vancouver: "Why Culture Matters"

Why Culture Matters: On the need of a new economics model to improve the world.

Dr. Nathan Nunn, Harvard Professor and SFU Outstanding Alumni Award recipient, will summarize thought-provoking research, before turning to the question of how these insights are useful for understanding the world today.

He will discuss recent findings that show how cross-cultural differences are important for explaining local violence and civil wars, and the treatment of women in society, health, education, and wellbeing. Lastly, he will share evidence that shows how the success of policy interventions can depend critically on a society’s culture and social context, and the extent to which these are understood by policymakers.

Date: Thursday, September 14

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Venue: Segal School of Business, SFU's Vancouver Campus 500 Granville St

Cost: The event is free, but registration is required

Dr. Nathan Nunn, BA ’98 
Frederic E. Abbe Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Outstanding Alumni Award for Academic Achievement - Rising Star

Recognized worldwide as a researcher to watch, the International Monetary Fund named Dr. Nathan Nunn one of the “25 economists under 45 who are shaping the way we think about the global economy.” Receiving tenure at Harvard University, Nunn’s influence in the field of economics has been extraordinary.

Nunn’s work has shaped academic and policy debates related to the long-term impact of events such as the African slave trade and European colonization, as well as the role of institutions in international trade. Notably, he has published research examining the historical foundations of current outcomes such as gender norms, religion and support for democracy. He has also published articles investigating topics such as the effects of Fair Trade Certification, CIA interventions during the Cold War, industrial policy and foreign aid. With an incredible number of accomplishments achieved in a short amount of time, Nunn’s reputation as one of the top economists in the world is likely only to increase.

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