Ten Big Ideas: Inequality & Wealth Concentration

10 Big Ideas. 8 minutes each. Infinite possibilities.
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016, at Harvard Kennedy School

Ten Harvard faculty members from across Harvard University's social sciences share 10 Big Ideas on inequality and wealth concentration

Bringing insights from diverse academic fields and approaches, each will present one big idea for the study of inequality—a big idea that captivates their attention, motivates their work, and illuminates promising areas for future progress.

What are the big ideas, the most important questions, that should guide work in this area going forward? What have we learned? What are the central puzzles yet to be solved? Where are the new frontiers in the study of inequality, and how can social policy stem the tide or lessen the adverse consequences of rising inequality?

Devah Pager
, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy.

David T. Ellwood
, Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Bruce Western, Professor of Sociology and Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy. Chair of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Ten Big Ideas

Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics.

Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences.

Douglas Elmendorf, Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School and Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy.

Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and of Sociology.

Stefanie Stantcheva, Assistant Professor of Economics.

Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Alexandra Killewald, Professor of Sociology.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

David A. Moss, Paul Whiton Cherington Professor, Harvard Business School.

Sendhil Mullainathan, Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics.


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