Over the past thirty years, ever larger percentages of both before and after-tax income have been accruing to the top ten percent and even more precipitously to the top one percent of our country’s (indeed the world’s) income earners. Income inequality in the United States has not been as high as it is now since the years just prior to the Great Depression.
This conference will address the following questions:
1 . Why has income inequality increased so substantially over the past thirty years?
2. What, if any, are the economic consequences of increasing inequality?
3. Should we attempt to mitigate increasing inequality, and if so how?
4. Is substantial income inequality compatible or incompatible with widely held norms of social and economic justice?
5. Is substantial income inequality compatible or incompatible with democracy?
Free and open to the public.
This conference is funded by the social science faculty, the Institute for Freedom and Community,
and the David L. & Margery Ostrom Scheie Endowment .