America's Entitlement Epidemic: Dimensions and Implications
Stuart Lecture Series on Institutional Corruption in America
Nicholas Eberstadt, Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy, American Enterprise Institute
Author of A Nation of Takers: America's Entitlement Epidemic (Templeton Press, 2012); The North Korean Economy: Between Crisis and Catastrophe (Transaction Publishers, 2009); and The Poverty of "The Poverty Rate": Measure and Mismeasure of Material Deprivation in Modern America (AEI Press, 2008)
Outlays from U.S. government entitlement programs have risen nearly 100 fold over the past half century, from $24 billion in 1960 to nearly $2.4 trillion today. The explosive growth of entitlements has transformed both governance and life in modern America. In this lecture, Dr. Eberstadt will describe the broad contours of this transformation, and will focus upon a number of its troubling implications.
Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C. and is Senior Adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research in Seattle, WA. He is a former member of the President's Council of Bioethics and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics. Dr. Eberstadt has written extensively on issues in demography, development, and international security, and is author or editor of some 20 books and monographs, ranging from Poverty in China (1979) to A Nation of Takers: America's Entitlement Epidemic (2012). In 2012, he was awarded the Bradley Prize. Dr. Eberstadt earned his AB, MPA and Ph.D. at Harvard and his M.Sc. at the London School of Economics.