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.
Trends of increasing economic inequality are similar around the world, but its effects have varied widely across countries, so an important question is what causes such differences in outcomes.
This one day conference brings together leading experts on causes and consequences of economic inequality in the U.S. and elsewhere and discusses how inequality and its consequences can be addressed by smarter policies. We will address five main topics, each of them introduced by one or more leading experts:
National and International trends in inequality
Effects on health and health inequality
Effects on Psychological Well-being
The role of work now and in the future, including automation, new employment patterns, and the gig economy
The role of education and how to prepare future generations for a changing world
We hope you can join us! This one day meeting will be held on the USC campus Wednesday March 14th from 9am to 5pm.
Please check back for speaker announcements and the agenda. Click here to RSVP.