Kathleen Wetzel Apltauer is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service. She also works as an Independent Research and Evaluation Consultant for domestic and international programs working at the intersection of poverty and health. Kathleen currently serves on the Executive Board of the New York Consortium of Evaluators (NYCE).
In addition to a faculty appointment at Wagner, Kathleen is an Adjunct Instructor at NYU College of Dentistry in connection with her research to analyze and synthesize current science on prevention of diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia into simple, actionable messages using principles from both communication for behaviour change and behavioural economics theories.
After more than 20 years with an international NGO in diverse roles that included supply management and strategic communications and advocacy, Kathleen completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science and human rights at Columbia University’s School of General Studies and her Master of Public Administration at NYU Wagner, where she focused on international health policy and research methods.
While some countries have achieved unprecedented rates of economic growth in the past half century, other countries have experienced set-backs. For those that have seen rapid growth, economic changes have not always translated into proportional social changes – and sometimes rapid social changes have occurred in the absence of economic growth.
This course takes up issues of economic growth and social change in a comparative perspective. The course begins by reviewing the relationships between poverty, inequality, and economic growth. In that context, attention then turns to the role of markets, with a focus on local financial markets. In the second part of the semester, attention turns to policy interventions to improve education, confront rapid population growth, reduce the burden of disease, and confront corruption.