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Poverty and the Pope

The Stamp Memorial Lecture

Date: Wednesday 19 November 2014 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Jagdish Bhagwati
Discussant: Professor Lord Stern
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

The Occupy Movement has focused the ethical attention of many on the rich. By contrast, the ethical objective has been refocused instead on the poor, most notably by Pope Francis. The focus on the rich reflects usually mankind’s ignoble instincts like envy and jealousy. On the other hand, focus on the poor and on reducing poverty reflects mankind’s noblest instinct: empathy for the poor and the unfortunate among us. While therefore the refocus on the poor is to be applauded, the next question is: how are the poor to be aided?

Jagdish Bhagwati is University Professor at Columbia University and a prominent economist. He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide. He has served in many advisory roles, including the GATT as Economic Policy Adviser to Director General Arthur Dunkel and at the UN to Secretary General Kofi Annan on Globalization and on NEPAD Process in Africa. The recipient of many honorary degrees and prestigious prizes, he has been uniquely presented with six festschrifts written in his honour. He has also worked with many NGOs, including Human Rights Watch and SA8000.

Nicholas Stern is chair of the Asia Research Centre and director of the India Observatory. He is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, chair of the Grantham Research Institute and chair of the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) is Director of LSE.

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