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Economist Tackles Issue of Global Hunger and Malnutrition

Thursday Afternoon Talk Sponsored by UC Riverside’s Public Policy Initiative

(May 16, 2005)

Jere Behrman

Jere Behrman

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Jere R. Behrman, a Professor of Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, will talk about the pervasive challenges of hunger and malnutrition in the developing world, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Public Policy Initiative at the University of California, Riverside.

“Hunger And Malnutrition Among The Global Priorities: The Copenhagen Consensus,” is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in room 1500 of the Humanities and Social Sciences building. It is free and open to the public.

Professor Behrman was one of the co-authors of a paper produced by the Copenhagen Panel, eight of the world's most distinguished economists, including three Nobel laureates, convened in 2004 by the Danish government to set priorities among proposals for confronting ten great global challenges.
His presentation at UC Riverside will address economic gains that would result from improving hunger and malnutrition, and how those gains compare with the returns from other investments in development.

"The purpose of the Public Policy Initiative at UC Riverside is to examine important issues of the day and make connections between research and public policy," said Anil Deolalikar, director of UC Riverside’s Public Policy Initiative. "This is the second of many presentations we will offer to the community."

Behrman is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are in empirical micro-economics, economic development, labor economics, and economic demography. He has published over 250 professional articles and 30 books and monographs on these topics. He has been the principal investigator co-principal investigator on over 50 research projects funded by organizations, including NSF, NIH, Rockefeller Foundation, and Ford Foundation. He has worked as a research consultant with numerous national and international organizations, including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He has received various honors, including being selected a Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished Fellow, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Guggenheim Foundation Faculty Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellow.

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