Monday, May 20, 2013

Discussion on Inequality and Economic Growth

by Bill McBride on 5/20/2013 05:47:00 PM

From 6:30 to 8:00 PM ET, the will be a live stream of professors Tony Atkinson and Paul Krugman discussing inequality and growth at CUNY. The dialogue will be moderated by Chrystia Freeland.

As we endure the slow, uneven recovery from the “Great Recession,” there is no more critical or timely question than that of the relationship between economic growth and inequality. Join two preeminent economists as they assess the connection between prosperity for some and poverty for others. Paul Krugman is professor of economics at Princeton University, a Nobel laureate, and a New York Times columnist. He is the author of numerous books, including the recently published End This Depression Now! Sir Tony Atkinson, professor of economics at Oxford's Nuffield College, is one of the world’s foremost scholars of inequality and author or editor of more than thirty books on inequality and related topics. He recently coedited Top Incomes: A Global Perspective, a volume that analyses high-end income inequality around the world.
Chrystia Freeland will be taking questions at #GCinequality

This is a very interesting topic. Intuitively it seems higher inequality should lead to slower growth (I think it would at the extreme!), but I'm not sure the relationship between inequality and growth is clear.

UPDATE: Here is a replay video (starts around 55 minutes into video):

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