McArthur to speak April 11 at Brown School Policy Forum

International development economist John W. McArthur, DPhil, will speak on the Washington University in St. Louis campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in Brown Hall Lounge.


McArthur will appear on behalf of the Brown School’s Policy Forum. His talk is titled “The Millenium Development Goals, the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, and the Future of Global Inequality.”

The event is free and open to the public.

McArthur is an economist focused on interrelated issues of economic growth, technological advance, sustainability, poverty reduction and global collaboration. He is a senior fellow with the United Nations Foundation; senior fellow with the Fung Global Institute’s project on Evolving Growth Models; and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings Institution.

He was previously the chief executive officer of Millennium Promise, the leading international non-governmental organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to cut extreme poverty by half by 2015.

Among other achievements, McArthur served as manager and deputy director of the United Nations Millennium Project, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s independent advisory body mandated to recommend an action plan for achieving the MDGs. His research and writing has focused on how factors like agriculture, health, geography, institutions, technology and public finance link to economic growth and development.

His writing has appeared in publications such as The Bangkok Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Foreign Affairs, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The National Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

McArthur earned a DPhil and MPhil in economics from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; a master’s in public policy from Harvard University; and a bachelor of arts from the University of British Columbia. He is a native of Canada.

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