So you'd like to save the world?
1. Why is free trade on the list, to "fix it" has no real costs, and if you want to include it on the list, shouldn't it be at least on 2nd place?
2. Why isn't war/conflict prevention on the list?
3. What about education and the empowerment of women, that must be very important as well!?
Some aspects of these questions were discussed during the lecture, and afterwards I asked Bjorn Lomborg about war/conflict prevention. He said that they had an expert on that when they did the Copenhagen Consensus in Denmark, but that he had an early flight so he was not present when the final list was decided. Still, Lomborg said that according to the expert, it could be wise to spend money on conflict prevention if you have had a civil war in a country and then end up with a peace agreement. History has shown that those peace agreements are easily broken, so to enforce them could be money wisely spent. As I said, some aspects of Lomborg's work are highly controversial, but the discussions that follow are always interesting.
PS Someone should be able to trace down why this post is called "So you'd like to save the world"?