In an unstable and rapidly changing world it is sometimes hard to see what investments in the future may be worthwhile. Health underlies human capital to a great extent, in terms of healthcare costs but even more in relation to its effects on economic productivity, societal functioning, and the wellbeing and longevity of the population. Moreover, health capital is passed from one generation to the next. Yet we face new health challenges globally, especially from non-communicable diseases but also from infectious disease and the damaging effects of urbanisation and environmental destruction.
Demographic changes exacerbate these challenges and Professor Hanson will examine the new developments in health.