Income and wealth inequality have become common problems across the Americas. In the USA, the share of pre-tax income in the hands of the top 1% almost doubled between the early 1980s and the present, going from 11% to 20%. In Brazil, the six richest men control as much wealth as the bottom half of the population; even more staggering, the richest 0.1% makes in a month the same as a worker receiving the minimum wage earns in 19 years. What are the causes and consequences of income inequality? Are the challenges and opportunities the same in the United States and in Latin America? This conference will gather a variety of academics and practitioners who will explore the political economy of inequality: its historical origins and evolution, the policies required to revert income concentration, and the role of key political actors in this process.

Special Sessions (open to the public)

Monday, April 8, 8:30 - 10:15 am
"Introduction: How Can We Achieve More Equal Societies?"
Speakers: 
  • Luis Felipe López Calva, UN Development Programme
  • Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute
  • Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International

Tuesday, April 9, 9:00 - 11:00 am
"Organizing From Below: What Can We Learn From Social Movements?"
Speakers: 
  • Liz Theoharis, Kairos Center
  • Héctor Castañon, Mexico Fight Inequality Alliance
  • CJ Grimes, Service Employees International Union

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Organized by:
Ray Offenheiser, Director of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development and Keough School Distinguished Professor of the Practice
Victoria Paniagua, Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow 
Ben Phillips, Kellogg Institute Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow 

Speakers:
Pablo Beramendi, Duke University
Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International
Héctor Castañón, Fight Inequality Alliance Mexico
Federico Fuchs, UNC-Chapel Hill & Kellogg Institute
Daniel Graff, University of Notre Dame
CJ Grimes, Service Employees International Union
Calla Hummel, University of Miami
Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute
Luis Felipe López Calva, UNDP
Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt University
Didac Queralt, Yale University
Liz Theoharis, Kairos Center & Poor People's Campaign

Monday, April 8

8:00-8:30 amLight Breakfast

8:30-10:15 amSession 1: Introduction: How Can we Achieve More Equal Societies?
Luis Felipe López Calva, UNDP
Thea Lee, Economic Policy Institute
Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International
Presenter: Paolo Carozza, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

10:15-10:30 amCoffee Break

10:30-12:30 pm - Session 2: Redistributive Policy Responses to Inequality
Progressive Taxation and Redistribution
Pablo Beramendi, Duke University
Fighting Inequality with Social Policy: the Role of Universalism
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, University of Oxford & Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Chair: Luis Schiumerini, University of Notre Dame
Discussant:Jazmín Sierra, University of Notre Dame

12:30–1:30 pmLunch

1:30-3:30 pm - Session 3: Constraints on Redistribution: State Capacity, Elites, and Political Representation
Landowners, Capitalists, and Bankers: Diversification of Assets and the Political Strategies of the Economic Elite
Victoria Paniagua, Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Affluence and Congruence: Unequal Representation Around the World
Noam Lupu, Vanderbilt University
War, International Finance, and State Capacity in the Long-Run
Didac Queralt, Yale University
Chair: Leonard Wantchekon, Princeton University & Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Discussant: Aníbal Pérez Liñán, University of Notre Dame

3:30-3:45 pmCoffee Break

3:45-5:45 pm - Session 4: Demanding Redistribution: Formal and Informal Workers’ Organization and Claim-Making
Informal Workers and Delegated Enforcement in Numbers
Calla Hummel, University of Miami
Shaping or Representing the Popular Will? Collective Action and Policy Preferences Among Informal Workers in Mexico City
Federico Fuchs, UNC-Chapel Hill & Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Profit Splitting, Power Sharing, and Policy Setting: Organized Labor, the Forgotten Fight Against 'Excess Profits,' and Economic Amnesia in the Contemporary USA
Daniel Graff, University of Notre Dame
Chair: Tom Mustillo, University of Notre Dame
Discussant: Abby Córdova, University of Kentucky & Kellogg Institute for International Studies

 

Tuesday, April 9

8:30-9:00 amLight Breakfast

9:00-11:00 am - Session 5: Organizing from Below: What Can We Learn from Social Movements?
Liz Theoharis
, Kairos Center
Héctor Castañon, Mexico Fight Inequality Alliance
CJ Grimes, Service Employees International Union
Chair: Ray Offenheiser, University of Notre Dame

11:00-11:15 pmCoffee Break

11:15-12:45 - Session 6: Conclusions: Inequality and its Challenges
Diego Sánchez-Ancochea
, University of Oxford & Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Ben Phillips, Fight Inequality Alliance & Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Connie Mick, University of Notre Dame
Chair: Victoria Paniagua, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

12:45-2:00 pmLunch

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