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Dr. Janet Currie To Visit College of Business

Janet Currie News Article
Dr. Currie’s lecture entitled “Inequality at Birth: Some Causes and Consequences” will take place Monday, October 15th at the College of Business Administration in room 100 at 7:00 pm.  The lecture is free and open to all.

Janet Currie, Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, is visiting Kent State University on October 15 & 16 as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.  Dr. Currie will meet informally with students and faculty members, take part in classroom discussions, and give a public lecture open to the entire academic community and general public.

Recent research shows that health at birth is affected by many factors, including maternal education, behaviors, and participation in social programs. In turn, endowments at birth are predictive of adult outcomes, and of the outcomes of future generations. Exposure to environmental pollution is one potential determinant of health at birth that has received increasing attention. A large literature outside of economics advocates for “Environmental Justice,” and argues that poor and minority families are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards.

In this lecture Dr. Currie will provide new evidence on this question, showing that children born to less educated and minority mothers are more likely to be exposed to pollution in utero and that white, college educated mothers are particularly responsive to changes in environmental amenities. She estimates that differences in exposure to toxic releases may explain 6% of the gap in incidence of low birth weight between infants of white college educated mothers and infants of black high school dropout mothers.

Dr. Currie is a member of The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program whose goal is to contribute to the intellectual life of universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters.  Each Visiting Scholar spends two days on campus exchanging ideas, experiences and research with faculty and students.

The College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration and College of Public Health is sponsoring the visit and lecture. For more information visit or call (330) 672- 2367.