The Future of Inequality

A free, one-day conference to explore the causes and consequences of economic inequality

The USC Center for Economic and Social Research’s 5th anniversary conference

When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: USC'S Town and Gown, 665 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles


Learn from a panel of leading experts why income inequality is on the rise in the U.S. and around the world, its consequences, and how smarter polices can address it. The panel of leaders in their fields will explore six topics:

  • Global trends in inequality and well-being
  • The effects of inequality on health: zip codes matter more than genes
  • How income inequality impacts psychological well-being
  • Inequality and deaths of despair
  • New employment patterns and impacts on the labor force resulting from factors that include automation and the gig economy
  • Education’s role in preparing future generations for a changing world

View the full program here.


This conference is for scholars, students, civic and political leaders, business leaders and all who are concerned about income inequality and who have an interest in solutions.

Speakers include:

  • Anne Case, Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus, Princeton University
  • Sir Angus Deaton, Senior Scholar and Professor Emeritus, Princeton University; Presidential Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
  • Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities for the California Endowment
  • Arie Kapteyn, Executive Director Center for Economic and Social Research, and Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
  • Alan Krueger, Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • Amber D. Miller, Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair and 22nd Dean of the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Paul Reville, Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration, Harvard University, and Education Redesign Lab Founding Director

Lunch will be provided.
Parking is available at the McCarthy Way Parking Structure (see map).
Parking structure address (to put into GPS): 699 USC McCarthy Way, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking is $12. Cash and credit card are accepted.
The USC campus can easily be reached by train on the Expo Blue Line. The Blue Line exit is Expo Park/USC which stops right across the street. Please see map.

Advance registration is now closed. Please feel free to register on site.
When: Wednesday March 14th, 9am-5pm
Where: USC's Town and Gown venue, 665 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90089.

Why are we hosting this conference?

Increasing economic inequality and changing labor market demands are manifesting themselves in anxiety about current and future financial security, frustration over working long hours for low wages, concern that immigrants are taking jobs that rightfully belong to US citizens, and doubts about the benefits of globalization.

With changing labor market demands, large segments of society may not have the skills required to meet shifts in labor market opportunities, have trouble making ends meet, experience wage stagnation or even a precipitous drop in income, lose jobs, feel like an unproductive and/or disrespected member of society, lose hope for a stable job with decent pay, and worry that neither they nor their children have hope for socioeconomic advancement. Moreover economic inequality is strongly correlated with differences in health and life expectancy.