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Political and Economic Inequality: Concepts, Causes and Consequences

Date: 
Thursday, 28 January, 2016 - 08:30 to Friday, 29 January, 2016 - 17:30
Location: 
Audimax, ETH Zürich
   
   

  

 

Biennial Conference of the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS), hosted by the Center for Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich / University of Zurich)

In recent years, inequality has become a hotly debated topic both in academic research and more broadly in the public debate. Indeed, recent studies conducted by economists focusing on developed countries confirm that the wealth distribution among households is increasingly reshaped. Building on these insights, the current conference will shed light on some aspects that have so far been relatively neglected, namely the role of politics, social categories and the spatial context.

The conference adresses three specific contexts within which inequality poses a major challenge:

Context I: Political and economic inequality within developed countries

Context II: Political and economic inequality within ethnically diverse countries

Context III: Political and economic inequality within the European Union

The conference will be devoted to research that offers new conceptualizations and measurements of inequality, as well as studies that attempt to analyze its causes and consequences.

 

Keynote speech by Prof. Branko Milanovic (City University of New York, previously at the World Bank) 

Organizers: Professors Lars-Erik Cederman and Frank Schimmelfennig, ETH Zürich

 

 

 

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Thursday, 28 January 2016 - 9:00-18:00

Context A: Political and economic inequality within developed countries

14:30-15:30 Keynote Address - Recent trends in global income inequality and their political implications

Professor Branko Milanovic (City University of New York, previously at the World Bank)

 

15:30-16:00 Coffee
 

Context B: Political and economic inequality within in developing countries

Friday, 29 January 2016 - 8:30-17:30

Context C: Political and economic inequality within the European Union

13:00-14:30 Lunch

 
16:30-17:00 Coffee 
 
Summing up: 

17:30-18:00 Final discussion

 

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