The Welfare State and the Fight Against Inequality

The issue of inequality has moved to the top of the policy agenda around the world. Many see the Welfare State, the most important bulwark against the increase in inequality, as under threat. What do we see as the pillars of the 21st Century welfare state?

Conference Program

Sunday, November 8, 2015

1:15-1:30: Opening and Welcome

Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, and Chief Economist and Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute

Stiglitz, IPD, Columbia University

1:30-3:00: Session I: Dreams and Nightmares: A General Theory of an Egalitarian Social Model

3:00-4:30: Session II: Setting the scene:  From the 19th to the 21st Century Welfare State: Broader Mandates, More Instruments, Greater Challenges

4:30-4:45: Break

4:45-6:15: Session III: The Welfare Model: Western Europe vs. US

Monday, November 9, 2015

9:00-10:30: Session IV: The Welfare Model in Europe: Scandinavian countries

10:30-12:00: Session V: The Welfare Model in Latin America                                 

12:00 -1:00: Break for Lunch                    

1:00-2:30: Session VI: Going beyond: Facilitating work and protecting families and children

Moene, ESOP
Moene, ESOP, UiO

2:30-2:45: Break  

2:45-4:15: Session VII: Innovations in Social Protection and Protecting the Older Persons

4:15-5:00: The Construction of a 21st Century Welfare State  

Wrapping Up and Next Steps:

Final Observations from the Conference Co-Chairs

Joseph Stiglitz (IPD)

Jan Svejnar (CGEG)

Jose Antonio Ocampo (IPD)

Kalle Moene (Norway)

Sandra Polaski (ILO)

In collaboration with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia SIPA, the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance at the University of Oslo, the International Labor Organization, and the Roosevelt Institute.

Additionally supported by the Ford Foundation, the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Published Dec. 17, 2015 9:43 AM - Last modified Dec. 17, 2015 9:43 AM