October 9, 2017
11:00 AM–12:30 PM
The Center for Economic and Policy Research
Jeffrey Sachs, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR, and Nancy Alexander, Director of the Global Economic Governance Program at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, discussed “The Scorecard on Development, 1960–2016” and the latest global development trends and their impact on poverty and economic progress throughout the world. Deborah James, CEPR's Director of International Programs, moderated.
Jeffrey Sachs - Video
CEPR’s latest “Scorecard on Development” looks at data for 191 countries on economic growth and social indicators over the last fifty-six years to consider how most of the world’s countries have emerged from the long period of reduced economic and social progress that characterized the last two decades of the twentieth century. The panelists discussed possible reasons for the 21st century rebound, its potential sustainability, and implications for economic policy.
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals, and previously advised both UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. Sachs has authored six books, including three New York Times bestsellers (*), in the past decade: The End of Poverty (2005*), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008*), The Price of Civilization (2011*), To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace (2013), The Age of Sustainable Development (2015), and the latest book, Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable (February 2017). Sachs is a University Professor at Columbia University, and also serves as Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. Prior to Columbia, Sachs spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, most recently as the Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sachs received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at Harvard.
Nancy Alexander is Director of the Economic Governance Program at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America, focusing on how global power shifts ― from the “West to the rest” ― affect the ways in which citizens and policy-makers can democratize decision-making, create jobs, and promote sustainable and equitable development. The Program advances human rights and sustainable development norms relating to investment, particularly in infrastructure. Nancy’s background involves lobbying of the Congress and Administration against U.S. military and economic intervention, as well as promotion of sustainable development, particularly through global institutions, such as the World Bank. Before joining the Foundation in 2009, she consulted to the US House Financial Services Committee and the International Labor Organization; founded and directed a non-profit ― Globalization Challenge Initiative ― for ten years; and held senior positions at other non-profits, including the Center for Policy Negotiation, and Bread for the World. Her degrees are from Duke and Harvard Universities.
Mark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is author of the book Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong About the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2015), co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy. He writes a regular column for The Hill, and a regular column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by the Tribune Content Agency. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and almost every major U.S. newspaper, as well as in Brazil’s largest newspaper, Folha de São Paulo. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.