Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).
Commissioner, Key National Indicators Council, 2010-present
Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2008-present
Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003-present
Senior Adviser, National Bureau of Asian Research, 1996-present
Member, President's Council on Bioethics, 2006-2009
Member, U.S. Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, 2005-2007
Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2007
Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Developmental Studies, Harvard University, 1980-2002
Consultant, World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University
M.P.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Is the human condition becoming more unequal? Many assert it is, but their focus is almost exclusively on economic inequality. This is problematic. Income is not the only important measure of human well-being and life chances. Consider two global revolutions that are improving the human condition and making it more equal: Life expectancy and educational attainment.
Few hard facts are available in the outside world on the economy of North Korea. Consequently, analyses of the DPRK economy often take place in a sort of data-free vacuum. There is, however, one relatively reliable source for an aspect of North Korean economic performance, and its data suggest that the DPRK is more dependent upon politically supported trade today than it has been for decades.
Please join us for a lively discussion with Gary Haugen, Tom Hart, and Nick Eberstadt about how the rule of law facilitates human flourishing in ways that differ from relief and development efforts alone.
May 22, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s “Great Society” address, delivered at the spring commencement for the University of Michigan. That speech is a milestone in American history.
Once upon a time in America, grown men were expected to work a job, women were expected to stay home with the kids, and families were expected to cover expenses with their own earnings. This was the land for which the "unemployment rate" was invented, which was a pretty good tool for measuring the problem of workless-ness in that long-forgotten America. But we don't live in that country any more.
May 22, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baines Johnson's "Great Society" address. That speech remains the most ambitious call to date by any president to use the awesome powers of the American state to effect a far-reaching transformation of the society that state was established to serve. Half a century later, how should we assess the Great Society?
Over the past 50 years, the purpose of the American government has radically transformed. Whereas it's main goal in domestic matters used to be to protect liberty, it is now an entitlements machine, transferring over $2 trillion per year from some people's pockets to others.