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"Inequality and...?" Lectures Series

The purpose of the "Inequality and ...?" lectures series is to provide a forum where the research community, the private and public sectors and the general public in Luxembourg can gather around a theme which researchers have traditionally associated with this country, namely, income studies in a broad sense. The Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) was created in 1983. LIS has become the leading cross-sectional database of micro-economic income data for social science research. Today it benefits from a worldwide reputation.

The unifying thread of the lectures is the concept of inequality, that is, differences in the distribution of some attributes, such as income and wealth, among the population. Each lecture tackles the links between these differences and a central social phenomenon. Each lecture is a source of inspiration for an audience with different levels of expertise, ranging from a general educational level through BAs in social sciences to accomplished researchers.

Professor Conchita D'Ambrosio has established the lecture series in collaboration with the Chambre des Salariés, CREA, the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB Institute), LIS, LISER and STATEC. Financial support from the the Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) is gratefully acknowledged.


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2020 Inequality and...? Lecture Series

2019 Inequality and...? Lecture Series

2018 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2017 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2016 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

2015 Inequality and...? Lecture Series

2014 Inequality and...? Lectures Series

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2020 Inequality and...? Lecture Series

Inequality and Politics

Roberto Galbiati, CNRS, Sciences Po

11 February 2020

The recent revival of the debate around economic inequality is often accompanied by concerns that rising inequality may have political consequences. In this lecture, based on recent literature in political economy and on historical evidence, we will discuss some of these concerns with a focus on two issues a) how political institutions can affect and can be affected by economic inequality, and b) how holding political offices influences individuals’ wealth. We will present historical case studies that show how the accumulation of wealth by some individuals can influence the health of political institutions.





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Inequality and Justice

Guillermina Jasso, New York University                                                                  

22 January 2020

Classically the sense of justice is considered the first line of defense against inequality; but absent a link between inequality and justice, the sense of justice would not awaken to exert its moral suasion. Because both inequality and justice rest on a secure mathematical foundation, it is possible to obtain many theoretical results, including: First, there is no general necessary relation between inequality and justice; their link can be nonexistent or positive or negative. Second, in certain scenarios, as economic inequality increases, the average justice evaluation moves deep into underreward territory, and the justice evaluation distribution stretches outward, increasing the gulf between underrewarded and overrewarded. Third, the just society has a mixed government; distribution of goods is by the many, and distribution of bads by the few.





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