Annual Al Berry Lectures

2023 Annual Al Berry Lecture hosted by the Department of Global Development Studies

Speaker: Professor Emeritus Albert Berry

Title: The Surprising Economics of Climate Change

Date: Wednesday October 18, 2023

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Location: AC223

The Department of Global Development Studies will be hosting a reception at the Albert Campbell Lounge BV380 from 5:00pm-6:45pm just prior to the lecture.

Prof. Emeritus Al Berry - Al Berry Lecture 2023

The Surprising Economics of Climate Change

The greatest challenge now faced by humanity--that of climate change, is very complex, involving technical, political, economic, psychological and

other aspects. This makes it hard to handle and contributes to the widespread pessimism that now exists. Two main sources of optimism are

that (i) we have or can soon get the technologies we need to win the battle and (ii) if we do it well the economic cost will be quite low. The

major obstacles are political and psychological. A necessary condition for success is that everyone contributes with the skills and political weight they have.


About the Speaker

Albert Barry, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto Scarborough in the Department of Global Development Studies, has dedicated his career to exploring agriculture, labor markets, and income distribution in developing nations, with a primary focus on Colombia. His research delves into the impact of agrarian structure and farm size distribution on agricultural output and income distribution. Prof. Barry's work highlights the productivity advantages of small farms, shedding light on their significance. Recently, he's been investigating small-scale industries, drawing parallels with agriculture. His labor market studies, particularly in Colombia, seek to understand income and welfare inequality in developing countries and its relationship to public policy. Additionally, his extensive data analysis on income distribution trends in Colombia and the Philippines underscores the importance of addressing data issues in causal analyses.

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About the Speaker:

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