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Launch and Presentation of the WIDER Study Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy Lessons

Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, United Nations Headquarters 1st Avenue, Between 45th and 46th Streets, New York, New York 10017
17 September 2007 10:00 - 12:00
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Jean-Marc Coicaud heads the UNU office at the United Nations in New York. He has served as Senior Academic Officer in the Peace and Governance Programme at UNU in Tokyo and in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Dr. Coicaud is the author, co-author and co-editor of a number of books focusing on authoritarian democracy, political legitimacy and international ethics.


Mark McGillivray is a Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER. He is also an honorary Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of Glasgow, an External Fellow of the Centre for Economic Development and International Trade at the University of Nottingham, and an Inaugural Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association. Professor McGillivray is Director of the WIDER research project Social Development Indicators (Measuring Human Well-being).

Farhad Noorbakhsh is Professor of Development Economics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Glasgow. He joined the University of Glasgow in 1980, has been a research collaborator with a number of international organizations, and previously served as the Director of the Centre for Development Studies at Glasgow. Professor Noorbakhsh was elected as a Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association in 2007 in recognition of his work on measuring human development.


James Foster is Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University and a Senior Fellow of the Vanderbilt Institute of Public Policy Studies. Professor Foster is an internationally acclaimed expert in evaluating inequality and poverty and understanding their economic and social consequences. The 1984 Foster-Greer-Thorbecke poverty measure has been adopted almost universally by international organizations and researchers doing empirical work on poverty. More recent academic work includes a joint book project on inequality with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen of Harvard University. Professor Foster recently held visiting research positions at the University of Oxford and WIDER.

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WIDER Publications from the Measuring Well-Being Study Study

 Title   Authors    
WIDER Special Issue: Well-being Achievements in Pacific AsiaEdited by Mark McGillivray Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy 
WIDER Special Issue: Inequality and Multidimensional Well-being   Edited by Mark McGillivray and Anthony ShorrocksThe Review of Income and Wealth
Understanding Human Well-beingEdited by Mark mcGillivray and Matthew ClarkePaperback book
Measuring Human Well-being: Key Findings and Policy LessonsDavid Clark and Mark McGillivray   Policy brief
Inequality, Poverty and Well-beingEdited by Mark McGillivray   Hardback book 
Human Well-being: Concept and MeasurementEdited by Mark McGillivray    Hardback book  
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