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 many of the world’s most prosperous economies, most notably so here in the United States. What economic and political factors are responsible? How serious is the threat to democratic institutions? What lessons does history offer in terms of remedies? In this symposium, we delve into the past and draw comparisons across countries as we look to better understand the causes and consequences of inequality in the twenty-first century.  


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

Buffet lunch will be available starting at 11:45


12:00-12:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Will Pyle
Director of International Politics and Economics


12:15-1:45 PM Panel One

“Inequality from 1650-2050”
Peter Lindert
Distinguished Professor of Economics
University of California-Davis

Moderator: Leticia Arroyo Abad, Economics
Student Chair: Grecia De La O Abarca


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”

David Rueda
Professor of Comparative Politics
Oxford University

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


3:30-3:45 PM Coffee Break


3:45-5:15 PM Panel Three 

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

Paul Pierson
John Gross Professor of Political Science
University of California, Berkeley

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


5:20-6:20 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



International Politics and Economics Program, Jones Economics 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