The Institute for Economics and Peace: April 25, 2012

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The Social Science Research Council and Measure of America are hosting a discussion around The Institute for Economics and Peace’s launch of the 2012 United States Peace Index: The Social and Economic Impact of Violence in the U.S.



Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Panel: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception: 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Social Science Research Council
One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA


Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, Co-Directors, Measure of America
John Tepper-Marlin, Principal, CityEconomist
Presentation by Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace


Reuters: “New index finds heavy economic toll of US violenceThe Philadelphia Inquirer: “Measuring the Cost of Violence” Op-ed by Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) and Michael Shank

The 2012 United States Peace Index will include the first-ever ranking of metropolitan areas by peacefulness. The USPI provides a comprehensive measure of U.S. peacefulness, at the state and city level, and analysis of the socio-economic measures that are associated with peace.  The Index includes an analysis of the economic costs related to a lack of peace in the United States, and finds that a reduction in violence and crime would result in hundreds of billions of dollars, comprised of savings for government at the federal and state level and additional economic activity.

IEP is the non-partisan, independent research institute that annually produces the Global Peace Index. IEP is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the social and economic factors that develop a more peaceful society. It achieves its goals by developing new conceptual frameworks to define peace; providing metrics for measuring peace; and uncovering the relationship between peace, business, and prosperity.

Please RSVP and contact Michelle Breslauer with questions at or (646) 963-2160