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The Post-2015 Consensus

The Center's newest project asks, "How can we make the world a better place over the next 15 years?"

The Post-2015 Consensus brings together the world’s top economists, NGOs, international agencies and businesses to identify the best “bang-for-buck” goals for the UN's next development agenda. 

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Real People, Real Problems

The Copenhagen Consensus Center interviewed more than 50 people, all around the world. Our goal was to ask them about their priorities and concerns, and then consider the policy options that would help the most. Too seldom do we hear from the local people who are said to be in danger. These people are not voiceless; we just pay no attention to what they say.

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How Much Have Global Problems Cost the World?

A Scorecard for Humanity is a new project from the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Here we address the long-running debate raging between scholars asking the question, Is the world is getting better or worse?

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New Edition Available!

In anticipation of Center Director Bjorn Lomborg's TED Talk in Vancouver, we published an updated 2nd edition of How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place.

You can purchase an electronic or paperback copy through Amazon by clicking the link below. 

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Ranking Smart Solutions

Every four years since 2004, the Copenhagen Consensus Center has hosted a high profile thought experiment about how a hypothetical extra $75 billion might best be spent to solve twelve of the major crises facing the world today. 

Now you're able to have your say on our new site, Click below to make your own prioritized list. 

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Copenhagen Consensus Center

“Copenhagen Consensus is an outstanding, visionary idea and deserves global coverage”  - The Economist

The Copenhagen Consensus Center works with the world's top economists to prioritize global development goals. Through our research, we show policymakers how to do the most good for the most people. We provide careful cost-benefit analyses for today's most pressing issues. 

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Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for 12th Session OWG Goals

The Copenhagen Consensus has updated our benefit-cost assessment of UN Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals for the 12th session of the Open Working Group. We present the assessments of the 212 targets by 20+ of the world's best economists.

This report builds upon the analysis Copenhagen Consensus Center conducted on the 11th OWG document. Updated analysis from the version presented to the 11th session report include ratings for most new targets, suggested better wording for many targets, and explained in more detail targets rated 'poor.'

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Preliminary Benefit-Cost Assessment for OWG 11 at the United Nations

Some of the world's top economists have assessed the targets from the 11th session Open Working Group document into one of five categories, based on economic evidence: Phenomenal, Good, Fair, Poor and Uncertain. Phenomenal targets have robust evidence for benefits to people, society and the environment of more than 15 times the cost! 

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A lot to learn

“I've served on four 'experts committees', beginning in 2004.  All involved hard choices among attractive alternatives to meet crucial objectives for development and health. And the reason I keep serving? I learn so much.”  

- Thomas C. Schelling, Nobel Laureate in Economics

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