Inequality Conference Planning Session

All day
Through October 20, 2012

Oct. 19

Meetings were convened to discuss three related initiatives: a summer school on inequality, a conference about inequality in China and a conference series on the Asian family in transition.

The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO) of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) is affiliated with the Becker Friedman Institute (BFI) at the University of Chicago. Jointly, HCEO and BFI, together with the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) will conduct a summer school on the study of inequality. This summer school will be directed by Professor Steven Durlauf of the University of Wisconsin and Professor Yao Yang, currently Deputy Director at CCER. It will be patterned along lines similar to the successful HCEO Summer School on Socioeconomic Inequality (SSSI) held in Chicago in July, 2012.

The second initiative is a two-day conference on inequality in China that will be connected with the summer school. It will feature the latest empirical and theoretical research.  This planning meeting furthered a discussion on how to structure the conference effectively and also how to link it to topics in the summer school. Both the conference and the summer school will be convened close to the first meeting of the Chinese Econometric Society, which is taking place June 16 and 17, in Beijing.

A third topic discussed was the recent launching of an initiative by the Becker Friedman Institute of a series of seminars to study the Asian Family in Transition. Asian family life is changing. These changes have profound implications for the society and the economy. An important program within HCEO studies the family and its contribution to inequality and opportunity. (The Becker Friedman Institute also has an active program on the economics of the family.)