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Decent Work and Economic Growth

About the Goal

Economic Growth

The United Nations aims to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth that yields full productive employment for all by 2030.

Northwestern is engaged in a broad range of research projects and other initiatives aimed at realizing this goal, from research advancing marketing knowledge and global marketing thought leadership to work examining financial market regulation.  Northwestern faculty are also contributing to the development of strategies for integrating economic, social and environmental factors into organizations and markets through impact investing and sustainable finance.

Northwestern Experts and Initiatives

Mattias Doepke

Mattias Doepke is the Gerald F. and Marjorie G. Fitzgerald Professor of Economic History whose research deals with topics in economic growth and development, political economy, and monetary economics. Recently, Doepke has worked on theories of demographic change, family economics, the role of political and cultural change in economic development, and redistributional effects of inflation. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics, and an associate editor of the American Economic Review.

Mattias Doepke
Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian

Nancy Qian is the James J. O'Connor Professor at Kellogg MEDS and the founding director of China Lab, a part of Northwestern's Global Poverty Research Lab. Her research provides empirical evidence for a set of core questions in development economics that broadly fall into four sub-categories: demography and development, geography and development, institutions and development and culture and development. Professor Qian's work includes extensive analysis of survey data, as well as historical data and field experiments. A recurring theme in in her research is to understand the difference between short and long-run effects, and endogenous responses to economic incentives.

Featured Course

Career Innovation in Music and the Performing Arts (360-0-1)

Today's successful musician must embody entrepreneurship in career-making alongside the artistry of music-making. Students who enroll in this course will learn about various career models in music and the performing arts. Besides covering basic knowledge about conventional career paths, this course will facilitate and encourage students to imagine how they might innovate such conventions, taking advantage of the fast-changing environment of professional musicians in today's dynamic culture.

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