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Why is Inequality So High

Event Type: Colloquy Downeast
Date: 1/4/2019
Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Time: 6:00 PM
Description:
 In this Colloquy Downeast sponsored talk, Dr. Thomas Remington, Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard University, will discuss income inequality in the United States, Russia and China. Inequality in the distribution of of income and wealth has been rising in many countries of the world, but the United States has the highest economic inequality in the developed world. Likewise Russia and China lead their peers in their levels of inequality.
Research shows that high economic inequality harms social cohesion and intensifies political conflict. Although market forces such as globalization and technological change help explain rising inequality over the past four decades, political factors such as the power of wealthy organized interests also play a significant role. Comparing the United States with other developed democracies, as well as with non-democracies such as Russia and
China, helps shed light on how political and economic forces are intertwined in producing inequality.
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Location: Howard Room
Other Information:
 This talk is free and open to the public.
Presenter: Dr. Thomas F. Remington