Culture & the Political Economy | Nick Khaw, Khazanah Nasional

An evening discussion on how culture impacts political and economic development. Why liberals and conservatives cannot get along? How do you break negative culture if there is such a thing?

“A family’s cat is killed by a car in front of their house. They have heard that cat meat is delicious, so they cook it and eat it for dinner. Is this wrong? Why?”

In development economics, there are essentially four fundamental causes of growth – luck, geography, institutions and culture. Culture, as typically defined in the field of economics, is “…those customary beliefs and values that ethnic, religious, and social groups transmit fairly unchanged from generation to generation.” In this talk, we will explore different ways in which culture – even those transmitted across generations and across oceans – impact politics, economics and society, and try to understand why is it that liberals and conservatives find it so hard to get along.

Whether you are a liberal or conservative, join us for an evening discussion to find out more.

Speaker: Nicholas Khaw
Khazanah Nasional
A development economist at Khazanah Nasional where he leads the economic development research track. Prior to Khazanah, served as an economist in Malaysia’s Economic Planning Unit where he was directly involved in several national development projects such as the 10th Malaysia Plan, the Economic Transformation Programme, and the Strategic Reform Initiatives. Research interests and intellectual passions are in development economics particularly related to the long-term persistence of historical events and cultural factors on economic and public policy outcomes. Holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Harvard College. Writes a monthly column for The Edge Malaysia. Writings can be found at

he Speakers Series aims to democratise intellectual discourse and expand worldview, thereby facilitating understanding of the world we live in, and questioning long-held assumptions in history, philosophy, politics, and economics.

Registration starts at 7:00pm, and talk is at 7:30pm.

Wed Apr 4, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MYT
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3A-01A Glo Damansara, 699 Jalan Damansara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
BFM-Edge B School