From email to Simon Maxwell, Director, Overseas Development
from Matt Berkley
27 July 2000
...It was good to talk the other day.....I would be very keen to talk further about possibilities for independent policy work, based on a rehumanising of economics.
What I would like to do is get data which reflects the life courses of individuals, then present this to policy-makers and the public in terms that relate to what we value in our own lives - e.g...we think it's worse to lose a child than to lose our job...
I believe that there already exist data and projections for death rates, which inform the projections of
[Later note: Perhaps there were not, even though they are necessary.]
Current projections for 2015 must surely be incorporating
something over 100 million
If these people die, the income figures look a lot better.
It's possible to say how many people might die early given certain policies. One catalyst for this approach could be "we need a rethink due to HIV and the digital divide".
I hope what I'm talking about here amounts to concentrating on real (blindingly obvious) facts that get obscured.