ECORES Lecture Series with Rachel Griffith
ECORES is happy to invite you to its first ECORES chair by Prof. Rachel Griffith (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Manchester University), on the topic “Should Governments Control What We Eat?”.
ECORES is a research and teaching institution which federates three centers of excellence: CORE (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics, Université catholique de Louvain), ECARES (European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, Université libre de Bruxelles) and KU Leuven’s Department of Economics.
Increasing rates of obesity, particularly for children living in the most deprived areas, is a major policy concern. For instance, current estimates suggest that around 13% of the world’s population is obese. Governments around the world are grappling with this issue and are considering a wide array of policies, such as taxes on junk foods, restrictions to the availability and advertising of foods, nutritional labelling and other forms of regulation. These policies aim to encourage a healthier diet, but they are sometimes proved controversial. In this lecture series Professor Rachel Griffith will discuss what different types of policies, aimed at reducing obesity, might achieve in terms of reducing long-run inequalities in health, social and economic outcomes.