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Addressing the Anxieties of Our Time: The Work of the International Panel on Social Progress

January 22, 2018

DECRG Kuala Lumpur Seminar Series

  • Social Progress in our time presents a paradox: enormous advances in the three quarters of a century after the second world war, but at the same time tremendous current anxiety about whether the advances can be sustained and whether there might actually be reversals.

    The International Panel on Social Progress ( has been working over the last three years on mapping out, analyzing, and thinking about how to address these anxieties of our age.

    This presentation will provide an overview of  the work of the IPSP and will discuss institutional impediments to addressing threats to the sustainability of social progress in two specific areas - inequality and global public goods.

  • Ravi Kanbur

    Ravi Kanbur researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He has also published in the leading economics journals, including Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory and Economic Journal. He is President of the Human Development and Capabilities Association, Chair of the Board of United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, past President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, past member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, and past member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty.


  • WHEN: Monday, January 22, 2018; 12:30-2:00PM
  • WHERE: World Bank Malaysia Office, Level 3, Sasana Kijang, No. 2, Jalan Dato’ Onn
  • RSVP: Kindly RSVP by Friday, January 19, 2018