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Economic Inequality: Causes, Consequences and Responses

November 30, 2015 —

WHAT: 

We live in an age of vast economic inequality — the top 20­ percent of U.S. households owns more than 84 percent of the country’s wealth, according to Scientific American. On Friday, December 4, Georgetown University Law Center will host a full­-day conference that aims to identify and understand the factors that contribute to this disparity on both a domestic and global level. Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor and Professors Mitt Regan and Peter Edelman open the conference, which includes panels on racial disadvantage, trade policy and more. Columbia University Economics Professor Dan O'Flaherty delivers a luncheon address on the economics of race in the United States, and Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin makes closing remarks.

Media interested in attending should email mediarelations@law.georgetown.edu.
A live webcast can be viewed here.

WHEN: 

Friday, December 4, 2015
8:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

SCHEDULE:

8:45-9:00 a.m.
Introductory Remarks

Mitt Regan, Georgetown University Law Center
Welcome
Dean William M. Treanor, Georgetown University Law Center

9:00-9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Peter Edelman, 
Georgetown University Law Center

9:15-10:45 a.m.
Panel One 
Inequality in the United States: What Is the Evidence?
Steve Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
Comment: Brian Galle, Georgetown University Law Center

The Inequality Costs of the Trade Liberalization Agenda in Developing Countries
Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center
Comment: Christopher Wilson, Deputy Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Moderator: Mitt Regan, Georgetown University Law Center

10:45-11:00 a.m.
Break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Panel Two
Reviving Collective Bargaining as a Strategy for Reversing Increasing Inequality
Joseph McCartin, Georgetown University Department of History, director, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University
Comment: Mike Gottesman, Georgetown University Law Center

The Transformation of Human Services Federalism
David Super, Georgetown University Law Center
Comment: Kris Henning, Georgetown University Law Center
Moderator: Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center

12:30-2:00 p.m.
Lunch 
Dan O’Flaherty, Columbia University Economics Department, The Economics of Race in the United States
Comments: David Thomas, Dean, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University;
Emma Coleman Jordan, Georgetown University Law Center
Moderator: Mitt Regan, Georgetown University Law Center

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Panel Three 
The Coming Era of Gender Inequality 
June Carbone, University of Minnesota Law School; Naomi Cahn, George Washington University Law School
Comment: Robin West, Georgetown University Law Center 

Meritocracy and Its Discontents
Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School
Comment: Eloise Pasachoff, Georgetown University Law Center
Moderator: Alvaro Santos, Georgetown University Law Center 

3:30-3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.
Panel Four
Inequality as Policy
Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, D.C. 
Comment: Harry Holzer, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Law and Inequality after the Age of Complacency
David Singh Grewal, Yale Law School
Moderator: Mitt Regan, Georgetown University Law Center 

5:15-5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks: Sheryll Cashin, Georgetown University Law Center 
Closing: Mitt Regan, Georgetown University Law Center 

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