Ill Fares the Land: Inequality in the 21st Century

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

12:15-1:45 p.m.

Robert A. Jones Conference Room

The Scott Center co-sponsors this event with the Program for International Politics and Economics and others.


"Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay"
--Oliver Goldsmith, "The Deserted Village" (1770)

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 a 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.