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Wednesday, May 18 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
Quantifying Democracy and Freedom with Human Rights and Fertility Metrics

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Having revisited the known phenomenon of negative correlation between girls' education and fertility analyzed by Jeffrey Sachs in "The End of Poverty", we proceed to take into account such quantitative ratings of democracy and freedom as the Democracy Index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit and Freedom in the World scores published annually by Freedom House. Are all democracies doomed to act as behavioral sinks, in John B. Calhoun's terminology? We will approach the problem by looking at the structure of fundamental and derived human rights. The structure will incorporate the right to have children and the right not to have children, neither of which the founding fathers needed to address directly, given a very different historical situation. The former right is explicitly restricted in China nowadays, while the latter is under attacks elsewhere. Preliminary conclusions will be drawn and future research directions proposed.

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Dmitri Gusev

Associate Professor, Purdue University
Dmitri A. Gusev is an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Technology (CIT). His primary research interests include imaging, game development, visualization, and computational linguistics. Dmitri A. Gusev received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Indiana University in 1999. After graduation, Dmitri worked for Eastman Kodak Company as image processing scientist in 1999-2007. Prior to joining Purdue, he taught computer science at... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:20pm - 3:40pm

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