Building Superior Health Policy: The Inclusive Growth Framework

The Conference Board of Canada, January 28, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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A wide range of factors contribute to quality of life, with many being completely intangible or otherwise difficult to measure. Professionals and experts alike measure and discuss the living standards of a population, a composite of quality-of-life related material factors which are relatively easy to quantify, such as income, life expectancy, unemployment rates, or (in)equality. Since a higher standard of living is associated with a higher overall quality of life, policy decisions should be made with the goal of maximizing living standards. So how can we achieve this goal?

Join Dr. Andrew Sharpe, Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, as he details the OECD’s inclusive growth framework, and how this model could help leaders make better decisions—now and in the future. The inclusive growth framework offers a novel and economically credible approach to the assessment of some of the most important policies for Canadians, particularly health policy. By fully encompassing the costs and benefits of policy into a single measure (dollars) in a rigorous way, policy-making can become more transparent, quantitative evaluations more meaningful, and policy actions more effective. The inclusive growth framework outlined in this webinar offers policy analysts and decision-makers in government, business, and other organizations a new tool for effective health policy evaluation.

Maintenance of Certification
Attendance at this program entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to .5 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn about:

  • The OECD’s inclusive growth framework, which includes life expectancy, income, unemployment rates, and inequality in its measure of living standards.
  • The factors contributing to the 3.5 per cent annual increase in Canadian living standards between 2000 and 2011.
  • The link between specific mortality rate reductions (e.g., cardiovascular disease and cancer) and living standards.
  • How this inclusive growth framework can be utilized by business leaders and policy-makers to make superior policy decisions.

About Andrew

Photo of Andrew SharpeAndrew Sharpe is founder and Executive Director of the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards (CSLS). Established in 1995, CSLS is a national, independent, non-profit research organization whose main objective is to study trends and determinants of productivity, living standards, and economic well-being. He has held a variety of earlier positions, including Head of Research at the Canadian Labour Market and Productivity Centre and Chief, Business Sector Analysis at the Department of Finance. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D in economics from McGill University, a maitrise in urban geography from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and a B.A. from the University of Toronto. He is also founder and Editor of the International Productivity Monitor, co-developer (with Lars Osberg) of the composite Index of Economic Well-being, a consultant to the World Bank on labor market issues, and Executive Director of the International Association for Research on Income and Wealth, an international research association dedicated to the advancement of knowledge relating to income and wealth.

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