Recent research has explored growing personal wealth inequality in countries around the world. The new volume The Economic Development of Europe's Regions: A Quantitative History since 1900 (edited by Joan R. Rosés and Nikolaus Wolf) shows that regional convergence ended around 1980 and the gap has been growing since then, with capital regions and declining industrial regions at the two extremes. This rise in regional inequality, combined with rising personal inequality, has played a significant role in the recent populist backlash.
In the seminar, the two editors of the book and Professor Simona Iammarino, one of the top European economic geographers, will debate on the widening income gap between regions and across states in Europe and its economic, social and policy implications.
Chair: Oliver Volckart, Professor of Economic History, LSE
Panel: Joan Roses, Professor of Economic History, LSE; Nikolaus Wolf, Professor of Economics and Economic History, Humboldt University; and Simona Iammarino, Professor of Economic Geography, LSE.
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