Conference on Wealth Inequality

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The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the University of North Carolina Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity will sponsor a two-day conference entitled:

 

Wealth Inequality and the Eroding Middle Class

 

What do we know about rising domestic and global wealth inequality patterns? In an increasingly globalized marketplace, how do income and wealth inequality in one nation affect conditions in other nations? How does the law construct wealth patterns and how can certain areas of the law, such as labor and immigration, function as tools for alleviating entrenched wealth inequality?

 

These issues and others will be addressed November 4-5, 2007, when the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity will sponsor a two-day conference entitled “Wealth Inequality and the Eroding Middle Class.” The event will be held at the George Watts Alumni Center at UNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The conference will be an interdisciplinary exploration of issues such as wage stagnation, growing income stratification, the fragility of the middle class, and ways to keep individuals out of poverty. By bringing together scholars and other experts from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, and by framing the issue as both national and global in character, the conference aims to stimulate new conversations, deepen understanding of the consequences of wealth inequality, and propose fresh solutions.

 

The conference’s keynote speaker will be Robert Kuttner, the founding co-editor of The American Prospect, co-founder of the Economic Policy Institute, and currently a Senior Distinguished Fellow at Demos. His latest book, The Squandering of America: How the Failure of Our Politics Undermines Our Prosperity, will be published in November 2007. He is the author of six previous books including Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets (1997) (winner of the 1997 Sidney Hillman Award) and The End of Laissez-Faire (1991). Among many other positions, he has contributed to numerous journals and magazines, served as economics editor of The New Republic and was chief investigator for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

 

For more information and to register please click here <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zxtd6ecab.0.dz7v4ecab.dkevvvn6.21417&ts=S0288&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.law.unc.edu%2Fcenters%2Fpoverty%2Fconferences%2Fdefault.aspx> .

 

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