Rising wealth inequality: Causes, consequences, and potential responses

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Rising wealth inequality: Causes, consequences, and potential responses

WHEN:
Friday, April 24, 2015
8:45 am to 5:30 pm
Location: 
School of Social Work, Room 1840 Educational Conference Center

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There were issues with the Web stream and the video archive. We will post the video here as soon as we can get it. You can see the first session at: http://mediasite.ssw.umich.edu/rossmedia/Play/e765fd16dd7141cd9861c5c58d...

This conference brings together diverse perspectives on wealth inequality, including political scientists, sociologists, and economists. The policy brief summarizing the presentations is available at: http://npc.umich.edu/publications/policy_briefs/brief40/

Hosted by the National Poverty Center, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Social Work, the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, and the Department of Economics.

 

Agenda:

8:45-9:00         Welcome & Introductions

                                       Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

 

Session 1: Patterns of Wealth Inequality

Moderator: Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan

9:00-9:45         Wealth inequality in the U.S.: Is the One Percent Permeable? 

                                       Lisa Keister, Duke University
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9:45-10:30       Wealth Inequality in the United States since 1913

                                     Gabriel Zucman, London School of Economics
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10:30-10:45     Break

 

Moderator: Trina Shanks, University of Michigan

10:45-11:30     The Widening Racial Wealth Gap

                                     Thomas Shapiro, Brandeis University
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11:30-12:15     Lunch Break

 

Session 2: Consequences of Wealth Inequality

Moderator: Bhashkar Mazumder, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

12:15-1:00       The Intergenerational Consequences of Wealth Inequality

                                     Fabian Pfeffer, University of Michigan
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1:00-1:45         Economic Inequality and Political Representation

                                     Larry Bartels, Vanderbilt University
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1:45-2:00         Break

 

Session 3: Responses to Wealth Inequality

Moderator: Trina Shanks, University of Michigan

2:00-2:45         Is Universal and Progressive Asset Building Possible? Evidence from a Social Experiment and Policy Influence

                                     Michael Sherraden, Washington University
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2:45-3:00         Break

 

Moderator: Joel Slemrod, University of Michigan

3:00-3:45         The Economics of Wealth Taxation

                                     Wojciech Kopczuk, Columbia University
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3:45-4:30         Taxing the Rich: Fairness and Fiscal Sacrifice over Two Centuries
                                     Ken Scheve, Stanford University
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4:30-4:45         Wrap-up

4:45-5.30         Reception

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