BMO Public Lecture returns this fall on October 23

September 16, 2020

Together in partnership with SFU Public Square and with the generous sponsorship of BMO Bank of Montreal, the annual BMO Public Lecture returns this fall on October 23rd.

We are proud to present Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Janet Currie from Princeton University as our guest speaker this year. A pioneer in the economic analysis of child development, Currie will be presenting a lecture on "Child Mental Health as Human Capital". 

Historically, economic research has focused on education as the most important form of human capital, but in recent years, child health has been increasingly understood to be a critical form of human capital in its own right. Research has demonstrated both how valuable it is and how to better support its development.

Currie will deliver a public lecture on the overview of research demonstrating the key role of public programs in supporting longer-term human capital development, and pointing to improvements in child mental health as an especially important mechanism. The free online lecture will be followed by a Q&A period.

Speaker: Janet Currie

Janet Currie is the Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the Co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the President of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the Vice President of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2018. She has served on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science, as the Editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, and on the editorial boards of many other journals. Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health.