The James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality
The Third James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Lecture in Economic Inequality was delivered by economist Joseph Stiglitz on March 28th at 6:00 pm in the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum at Harvard Kennedy School. Professor Stiglitz appeared in conversation with economist David Autor, Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School and Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. The annual Stone Lecture is designed to bring greater awareness to wealth concentration and the broader problems of inequality. Thomas Piketty gave the inaugural Stone Lecture in 2018, followed by Emmanuel Saez in 2019.
Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers. In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers. His most recent titles are People, Power, and Profits, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, Globalization and Its Discontents, Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy, and The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.
David Autor is currently Visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. He also is Ford Professor of Economics at MIT and Co-Director of the NBER Labor Studies Program. His scholarship explores the labor-market impacts of technological change and globalization on job polarization, skill demands, earnings levels and inequality, and electoral outcomes.