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Speaker(s): Dr Eleni Karagiannaki and Dr Abigail McKnight
Chair: Professor Stephen Machin

Recorded on 8 February 2017 at Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

This lecture examines the empirical relationship between economic inequality and poverty across countries and over time, paying attention to different measurement issues. It then considers a range of potential mechanisms driving this relationship and explores policy options.

Eleni Karagiannaki is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research focuses on income and wealth inequality and poverty and socio-economic mobility.

Abigail McKnight is an Associate Professorial Research Fellow and Associate Director of Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she has worked since 1999. Her research interests include inequality, poverty, wealth, social mobility and employment policy.

Chris Goulden (@Chris_Goulden) is Deputy Director of Policy and Research at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. He is a former social researcher at the Home Office and Cabinet Office. Chris has also been a cancer researcher in the NHS, a member of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills Policy Expert Group and a member of the Social Research Association Board. He has a MSc in social research methods from South Bank University.

Chiara Mariotti (@chiaramariotti) is currently Inequality Policy Manager for Oxfam. She is an economist who works on various issues related to chronic poverty, including private sector, financial inclusion, social protection, political economy of poverty. She has previously worked for the Overseas Development Institute and her areas of interest include India, Nigeria, East Africa and South-East Asia.

Stephen Machin (@s_machin_) is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously he has been visiting Professor at Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, has been President of the European Association of Labour Economists, is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists and was a member of the UK Low Pay Commission from 2007-13. His current research interests include inequality, education and crime, and the interactions between them.

The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE (@CASE_LSE) focuses on the exploration of different dimensions of social disadvantage, particularly from longitudinal and neighbourhood perspectives, and examination of the impact of public policy.

LSE Works is a series of public lectures, that will showcase some of the latest research by LSE's academic departments and research centres. In each session, LSE academics will present key research findings, demonstrating where appropriate the implications of their studies for public policy. A list of all the LSE Works lectures can be viewed at LSE Works.

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