2015 Annual International Politics and Economics Symposium

Fourth Annual International Politics and Economics Program Symposium

Ill Fares the Land: Inequality in the Twenty-First Century 

“Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,

Where wealth accumulates, and men decay” 

--Oliver Goldsmith, “The Deserted Village” (1770) 

Friday, September 18, 2015

Inequality is on the rise in the contemporary global economy, both within prosperous economies and between developed and developing countries. Can democracy sustain itself while acquiescing in a growing gap between the world’s haves and have-nots? Does the American dream depend on a foundation of shared prosperity that is increasingly historical artifact?  In this symposium, we examine the sources of growing inequality, delve into its causes and consequences, and discuss optimal policies for dealing with its negative effects.

SCHEDULE

12:00-5:15 PM Three Panel Discussions
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room

Buffet lunch will be available starting at 11:45

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12:00-12:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Will Pyle
Director of International Politics and Economics

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12:15-1:45 PM Panel One


“Inequality from 1650-2050”
by
Peter Lindert

Distinguished Professor of Economics

University of California-Davis
Moderator: Leticia Arroyo Abad, Economics
Student Chair: Grecia De La O Abarca

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1:45-2:00 PM
Coffee Break

2:00-3:30 PM Panel Two


"Who Wants What? Insider-Outsider Politics and Redistribution Preferences in Comparative Perspective”

by
David Rueda
Professor of Comparative Politics

Oxford University

Moderator: Adam Dean, Political Science
Student Chair: Joseph Leavenworth Bakali

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3:30-3:45 PM Coffee Break

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3:45-5:15 PM Panel Three

 

"American Amnesia: The Forgotten Sources of our Shared Prosperity”
by

Paul Pierson

John Gross Professor of Political Science

University of California, Berkeley

Moderator: Allison Stanger, Political Science
Student Chair: Brian Rowett

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5:30-6:30 PM Roundtable Discussion
Robert A. Jones ’59 House Conference Room

Peter Lindert, Paul Pierson, and David Rueda

Chair: Will Pyle, Director, International Politics and Economics


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SPONSORS

International Politics and Economics Program, Jones Enrichment Fund, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Academic Enrichment Fund, the Departments of History, Political Science and Religion, the Programs in European Studies and in Privilege & Poverty, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, and Atwater, Brainerd, and Cook Commons

Program in International Politics & Economics

Robert A. Jones '59 House
148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753