IPE 2015 Symposium Poster

2015 Symposium

Fourth Annual International Politics and Economics Program Symposium
Friday, September 18, 2015

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)

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” by 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” by 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” by 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
  • Department of History
  • Political Science and Religion
  • Programs in European Studies and in Privilege & Poverty
  • Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life
  • Atwater, Brainerd, and Cook Commons