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Income & Wealth Inequality: Causes, Consequences & Policies

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 7:30pm

Purnell Hall, Room 115 Purnell Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA

The trend of increasing income and wealth inequality has attracted considerable public and political attention.  A panel of four distinguished UD economics professors will discuss their differing views on these important issues.  What has caused the growing inequality?  What are the implications of increased wealth and income inequality?  What, if any, public policies should be adopted?  Come join us in a friendly clash of views.

William Poole, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, joined UD in 2008 after retiring from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where he served as president.

Saul D. Hoffman is Professor of Economics at the University of Delaware, where he has taught since 1977. He served as Department Chair from 2001-2012.  He is also a Core Faculty Associate, University of Delaware Program in Women’s Studies.

He has published extensively on the relationship between economic forces and demographic behavior, including research on the economic consequences of divorce and of teen and non-marital childbearing and also on the impact of the welfare system on family structure. He is a regular contributor to the OP-ED page of the News Journal and delawareonline.com

Laurence Seidman, Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics, received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkley in 1974.  He joined UD in 1982 and is currently serving as the Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics.  He has published extensively, most recently in Challenge & the Wilmington News Journal.

Burton Abrams, Professor of Economics, received his PhD in Economics from Ohio State in 1974 and joined UD the same year.  He has published extensively, most recently in the Eastern Economic Journal and The Daily Caller.


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Students, Lectures & Programs, Academics, Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, Community, Lectures and Programs




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