New South Wales

Workshop on Economics of Health, Inequality and Behaviour


From: Monday November 11, 2019, 8:00 am

To: Wednesday November 13, 2019, 5:00 pm

The Department of Economics at Macquarie University in collaboration with Macquarie University Centre for Health Economy (MUCHE) and Global Labor Organization (GLO) are organising an international conference entitled the Economics of Health, Inequality and Behaviour (WEHIB), to be held in Sydney, Australia over 11-13 November 2019. This multidisciplinary conference aims to foster a series of dialogue among social scientists on the nexus between health, behaviour, and inequality across developed and developing societies.

One of the biggest challenges confronting developed and developing countries across the world is the rising inequality within and across countries. Inequality has been highlighted as a fundamental threat to well-being and economic growth. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is nine times that of the poorest 10% (OECD, 2018). Income inequality has increased significantly since 1990s and has been identified as the key challenge facing the world (OECD, 2018). With fewer people being able to move up on the social ladder while the richest maintain their status, inequality has a damaging effect on people’s well-being across their life course, future generations, health and disadvantage. The effect on the social and economic wellbeing of the vulnerable sections of the society is substantially harsher. Consequently, these issues have attracted attention of researchers and policy makers across developed and developing countries alike. With the purpose of enabling a dialogue on these issues and informing health and development policy, this conference will provide a forum to bring together researchers interested in a dialogue on issues lying at the intersection of health, development, inequality and behaviour.

The conference aims to bring together national and international researchers and policy makers interested in a dialogue on issues lying at the intersection of health, development, inequality and behaviour. It will be an opportunity for delegates to share and discuss ideas, inform health and development policy, present research and network with colleagues with similar research interests. National and international speakers will participate in thought provoking sessions. Participation from researchers, policy makers and PhD students is welcome.

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Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)

99 Talavera Road,Macquarie University, MACQUARIE PARK NSW 2113

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