The German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and the Anglo-German Foundation cordially invite you to
The Anglo-German Annual Lecture
How unfair is GDP? The half-life of Economic Injustice
Introduction Rachel King | EU & Economic Counsellor, British Embassy Berlin
Ask yourself this: how did I come to be as well off as I am? Was it partly through the inheritance of wealth that depends, to some extent, on the unjust acquisition of assets in the far past – maybe by an ancestor? Perhaps more likely – or at least more easily assessed - is that you shared in an economic environment that was richer and more successful than it might have been because some resources in the distant past had been acquired unfairly. Perhaps you are Belgian – or perhaps you are from the Democratic Republic of Congo. In either case you might wonder how your standard of living today may even now reflect the lasting impact of assets being looted from the time of King Leopold II in the late nineteenth century. How you answer these questions is fundamental to how you view the legitimacy of the distribution of incomes and wealth today.
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