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Economic Inequality: Dividing America? - Panel Discussion

Event Details

Tue, October 22, 2013
05:30PM - 09:00PM
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall, Seattle Center
321 Mercer Street, Seattle WA 98109
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$20 per person
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GSB registration is now closed; however, tickets will remain available on Brown Paper Tickets until Monday, October 21 at 3:00 pm PST:

By objective measures, economic inequality in the US has increased dramatically since the 1970s. It is much greater than in any other developed country, and similar to that in many developing countries. It has emerged as a concern for the economic sustainability of the United States.

Some of this change can be traced to legislative and regulatory changes; some to evolving values and attitudes; some to fundamental changes in world economics. Many economists point out the unsustainability of the slowed income growth and persistent recession that have accompanied this growing concentration of wealth and income. It does not seem to be a purely partisan issue.

These observations invite a couple questions:

  • Is this causal analysis correct? Or does it miss the mark?
  • Is it something to worry about? Or just normal fluctuations of a complex economy?
  • If this situation is problematic, how could it be addressed? How should it be addressed?

Most public discussions of this issue have focused on social justice issues. This event intends to focus on economic issues, including sustainability.

Panelists discussing the issue of inequality include:

  • John Carlson, John Carlson 570 KVI radio; Co-founder, Washington Policy Center
  • Nick Hanauer, Founder, Second Avenue Partners
  • Jon Talton, Economics Columnist, The Seattle Times

Jon Talton will lead by presenting the recent history of growing inequality in the US, and place it in historical and geographical context. Nick Hanauer will articulate the reasons why this trend endangers US economic health. John Carlson will articulate a contrary position that it was caused by government interference and would diminish if the government reduced its footprint in the economy.

Registration is required by Thursday, October 17.

This event is being co-sponsored by the GSB Puget Sound Chapter, GSB Alumni Association, and University of Washington Foster School of Business.

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