The Stone Center to Host Renowned International Conference Exploring Economic Inequality

ECINEQ LogoBy Shawn Rhea

The GC’s Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality has yet to mark its one-year anniversary, but it already has a cause for celebration as the center has been tapped as the first-ever U.S.-based host of the prestigious Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ) conference. The biennial international gathering will be held July 17 – 19 at the 365 Fifth Ave. campus.

The conference will open with a conversation between Stone Center Scholar and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The two will explore a broad range of issues linked to economic inequality, including affordable housing, public education financing and the minimum wage. 

“We’re excited and proud that we were selected to host the 7th ECINEQ conference,” said Stone Center Director Janet Gornick. “Two years ago, before the Stone Center was officially established, ECINEQ’s leadership urged its GC-based predecessor–the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Center–to bid for the conference. They believed a public university in the center of an extremely diverse city like New York would be the ideal venue for a meeting about the causes, nature and consequences of economic inequality. We couldn’t agree more, and we’re especially proud to be the first U.S. institution, and only the second city outside of Europe, to host the conference.”

Based in Verona, Italy, ECINEQ is the only international body devoted to fostering and supporting the study of economic inequality. The conference draws social scientists from around the world to share new research and explore policies that address economic inequality.

Conference attendees will be able to choose from more than 250 papers and a variety of panels during the three-day event. This year’s conference will feature lectures and papers by some of the world’s most renowned thought leaders in the field, including U.C. Davis Distinguished Professor of Economics Peter Lindert, Princeton University’s Robert E. Kuenne Professor of Economics and Humanistic Studies Marc Fleurbaey, and London School of Economics professor Frank Cowell, who each are slated to give keynote addresses. In addition, U.C. Berkeley professor Gabriel Zucman, author of the critically acclaimed The Hidden Wealth of Nations, will give the inaugural Stone Lecture on wealth inequality. He will present new data that suggest tax evasion by the super wealthy is on the rise. Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz will also present a plenary lecture on the closing day.

Two events during the conference will be dedicated to Sir Tony Atkinson, ECINEQ’s founding president, who died on January 1, 2017. Professor Atkinson is widely viewed as the “father of modern inequality studies.” He was a valued friend to the Graduate Center and a cherished adviser to the Stone Center.

A limited number of plenary session seats are available for GC students and faculty. Please contact ecineq2017.nyc@gc.cuny.edu to reserve a seat.

Submitted on: JUL 14, 2017

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