Seventh Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ)
New York City
July 17-19, 2017
The Stone Center served as host of the Seventh Meeting of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality (ECINEQ). ECINEQ conferences are held biennially; the 2017 meeting was the first one ever convened in the United States. The three-day event took place at the Graduate Center and was attended by over 250 inequality scholars from more than 30 countries.
Janet Gornick hosted an institutional welcome session, which included a conversation on inequality between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Paul Krugman.
The conference featured three official Keynote Lectures:
- Frank Cowell (London School of Economics), "Inheritance, Inequality, and the Idle Rich"
- Marc Fleurbaey (Princeton University), "Inequalities, Social Justice, and the Web of Social Interactions"
- Peter H. Lindert (University of California - Davis), "The Rise and Future of Progressive Redistribution"
The program also included the inaugural Stone Lecture on Wealth Inequality, which was given by Gabriel Zucman (University of California – Berkeley).
Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University) presented a special plenary session titled "A Simple Model of Wealth Inequality and the Role of Capital Taxation in Overcoming It".
The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Stone Center co-sponsored and co-hosted a Gala Dinner, on the evening of July 19. The dinner was held in honor of Sir Anthony (Tony) Atkinson, a crucial figure in inequality studies for decades, the first President of ECINEQ (2005-2007), and a friend and colleague to many who attended. Professor Joseph Stiglitz opened the dinner with remarks about Tony’s work and their long history of collaboration.
The 2017 ECINEQ conference abstracts and papers are available here.