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ESOP Conference: The Future of Egalitarianism

How can we break the vicious cycle of increasing inequality and social unrest in the world today? Is there a future for society models with low inequality and high productivity?

Photo: Massimo Fazio, Francesco Saggio.

ESOP was awarded the Centre of Excellence (CoE) title by the Norwegian Research Council (RCN) in 2007. The research centre has throughout these years produced a vast amount of research focusing on the links between equality, social organization, and economic performance, both in rich and poor countries. The conference marks the end of the CoE- period, but the centre continues with fresh funding.

Keynote speakers 

Dani Rodrik, Harvard University: "Is egalitarianism possible in a globalized world?"

With a proper understanding of both egalitarianism and globalization, there is no fundamental conflict. We can have an open economy that favors equity – though perhaps not a hyper-globalized economy.

Kalle Moene, University of Oslo: "Is there a future for society models with low inequality and high productivity?"

It is a challenge to break the vicious cycle of increasing inequality and social unrest in the world today. Yet the future of egalitarianism is not as bleak as many believe.

Eliana La Ferrara, Bocconi University: "Can we attain equality of opportunity for immigrants?"

An open society should guarantee equal access to education and work opportunities to its members. An innovative program recently implemented in Italy shows that it is possible to reduce cognitive and non-cognitive barriers perceived by immigrant students and affect their educational choices. 

The keynote speeches will be followed by a panel discussion. 

After the discussion there will be light refreshments.

Practical information

The lectures will be in English and no background knowledge is necessary in order to benefit from the discussion. The conference is open for all but registration is necessary.

Registration

The Conference is part of a two-day event. See program for ESOP workshop on the day after here.

 

Published July 1, 2016 2:32 PM - Last modified Oct. 20, 2016 8:47 AM