Mapping the Social and Economic Impact of Violence in the US
Date and Time:
Friday, November 16, 2012 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Room D
Join us for this brown bag lunch presentation with Michelle Breslauer, US program manager, Institute for Economics and Peace, and Lee Sorensen, US director of Outreach, Institute for Economics and Peace.
A recent report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) finds that violence containment spending in the U.S. accounts for 15 percent of GDP. Despite the tremendous size of this figure, the social and economic impact of violence is not often recognized by policy makers. The United States Peace Index mapped levels of peacefulness across 50 states and 61 metropolitan areas to understand the geographic distribution of peace, the socio-economic attributes of peaceful societies, and the cost of violence across states. The research includes an analysis of the economic costs related to a lack of peace in the United States, and finds that a reduction in violence and crime would result in hundreds of billions of dollars, comprised of savings for government at the federal and state level and additional economic activity.
This event will include an open discussion around the policy implications of this research and we encourage attendees to share best practices from their programmatic work.
The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) is a non-partisan, non-profit research organization dedicated to developing metrics of peacefulness and to communicate the economic value of peace. IEP produces leading indices such as the Global Peace Index and the States Peace Index and focused reports such as Violence Containment Spending in the United States, a comprehensive account of the public and private expenditure on containing and dealing with the consequences of violence.
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.