Pathways to Population Stabilization and a Healthy U.S. Economy
Symposium Speaker Bios

We aimed to include a variety of viewpoints at the symposium. Speakers’ positions do not necessarily reflect the position of Population Connection.

Janet Mancini Billson

Director, Group Dimensions International; Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University

Session Title: “Pathways to a Healthy Economy–Voices from the National Dialogue”

David E. Bloom—Keynote

Professor of Economics and Demography, Harvard School of Public Health

Session Title: “Demographic Perspectives on U.S. Economic Prospects”

Dr. Bloom is Clarence James Gamble Professor of Economics and Demography at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Bloom’s research focuses on the links among health status, population dynamics, and economic growth. Dr. Bloom has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and books. Earlier this year, his concept of the “demographic dividend” was featured in Time magazine’s “Ten Ideas That Will Change the World.”

Dr. Bloom has previously been a member of the public policy faculty at Carnegie-Mellon University, and the economics faculty at Columbia University and Harvard University. He currently serves as a Faculty Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing, and is a member of the Board of Directors of PSI and of the Board of Trustees of amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. Dr. Bloom also serves as Director of Harvard’s Program on the Global Demography of Aging. In April 2005 Dr. Bloom was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bloom received a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1976, and a PhD in Economics and Demography from Princeton University in 1981.

Brian Czech

Founding President, CASSE; Visiting Professor, Virginia Tech

Session Title: “Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution”

Brian Czech has a Ph.D. in renewable natural resources studies from the University of Arizona with a minor in political science. The founding President of CASSE, Brian is also a Visiting Professor at Virginia Tech, where he teaches ecological economics in the National Capitol Region. A prolific author of peer-reviewed science articles, he is also the author of Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train, which calls for an end to uneconomic growth, and The Endangered Species Act: History, Conservation Biology, and Public Policy. He has played a leading role in engaging the environmental sciences and natural resources professions in ecological economics and macroeconomic policy dialog.

Laurence Kotlikoff

Professor of Economics, Boston University

Session Title: “The Global Demographic/Fiscal Transition and Its Alarming Prospects for Low-Wage Workers”

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor and Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software. Professor Kotlikoff received his BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1977.

Jay W. Lorsch

Professor of Human Relations, Harvard Business School

Session Title: “American Demographics and American Business”

Jay W. Lorsch is the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at the Harvard Business School. He is the author of over a dozen books, the most recent of which are Back to the Drawing Board: Designing Boards for a Complex World (with Colin B. Carter, 2003), Aligning the Stars: How to Succeed When Professionals Drive Results (with Thomas J. Tierney, 2002), and Pawns or Potentates: The Reality of America’s Corporate Boards (1989). Organization and Environment (with Paul R. Lawrence) won the Academy of Management’s Best Management Book of the Year Award and the James A. Hamilton Book Award of the College of Hospital Administrators in 1969.

Hania Zlotnik

Former Director, UN Population Division

Session Title: “Population Aging: A Necessary Feature of a Sustainable World”

Hania Zlotnik was, until January 2012, Director of the Population Division of the United Nations. Having joined the Population Division in 1982, she directed its Mortality and Migration Section from 1993 to 1999 and its Population Estimates and Projections Section from 1999 to 2003 when she became Assistant Director. She holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Her work has spanned the field of demography, covering the analysis of fertility, mortality, international migration and urbanization with special emphasis on their quantitative aspects. She has prepared manuals on demographic estimation techniques and on the collection of international migration statistics. She has edited and written numerous reports published by the United Nations, including studies of female migration, international migration and development, population distribution and migration, population estimates and projections, levels and trends of urbanization, and population aging.

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