About the Event
Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.
Speakers & Instructors
Presentation Title: Canadian Health Care: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Prescription
Does Canada have the best health care system in the world? How sustainable is our current system? How can we improve it? Canadians care deeply about their health care, and our universal single-payer system is the focal point of constant attention. Mr. Barua will present objective international comparisons of performance, discuss recent and projected trends in spending, and propose some potential solutions based on the experiences of other countries with universal health care systems.
Presentation Title: Economics of Genetically Modified Crops
The application of genetic engineering to food and agriculture is one of the most significant technological advances to affect modern agriculture. But the technology is controversial and has created serious international rifts in trade in agricultural products. Prof. Carter will review policy issues surrounding genetically modified crops, touching on food labeling, farmer benefits, food and environmental safety, future issues, co-mingling, and trade disputes.
Presentation Title: Gender Difference in Economic Rights – The Consequences of Limiting the Economic Choices of Women
Prof. Fike will discuss the ways in which some societies impose additional restrictions on the economic choices women make (that do not apply to men). We will discuss some of the theoretical arguments in favor of economic freedom, then examine data that measures some of the economic consequences of legal and regulatory codes that prevent 50% of the population from engaging in productive, voluntary transactions.
Presentation Title: Economic Liberty as a Tool for Social Justice
This presentation will focus on the ways that the freedom to exchange in the local and global marketplace leads to increased opportunities for the poor and other marginalized groups. We will discuss the ways markets can facilitate cooperation rather than competition, unpack ideas about poverty and inequality, and examine specific institutional characteristics (like property rights) that can help reduce poverty and assist entrepreneurs in developing countries achieve their dreams.close
Presentation Title: The Real State of Poverty in Canada—It May Not Be What You Think
We all want to reduce poverty. But poverty is a complex issue. To effectively help Canadians in need, we first need to understand more about poverty. How many Canadians are poor? How long do they remain poor? Who is most likely to get stuck in long-term poverty? What is poverty in the first place? These questions and more need to be answered before we can present genuine, workable solutions to poverty.