Andrew Leighi is such a good economist that I wince when I watch him on TV having to defend crass political positions as a labour MP
Presbyterian Support Northern is hosting a series of lectures on different aspects relevant to the wellbeing of children. The first lectures were given by Australian Labor MP, and former economics professor, Andrew Leigh. I wrote about his lectures here.
I was asked to speak on something around productivity and the wellbeing of children (thus there are huge areas highly relevant to child wellbeing that I simply don’t touch on). This was how my talk opened.
Imagine a country in which the average age at death was only about 45, 6 per cent of children died before their first birthday, and another 1.5 per cent before they turned five. Not many children are vaccinated.
Most kids get to primary school – in fact it is compulsory – but only a minority attend secondary school. By age 15 not much more than 15 per cent of young people are still at…
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