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Talking about Inequality

The International Inequalities Institute at LSE has hosted some of the world's biggest names to talk about inequality. Watch and listen to their talks here. You can browse either by category, year or by speaker (alphabetical order).

Recent Highlights 

Why is Latin American Inequality So Extreme?

Speakers: Dr Santiago Levy (Brookings Institution), Professor Nora Lustig (Tulane University), Dr Marcela Meléndez (UNDP), Professor James Robinson (University of Chicago), Professor Andrés Velasco (School of Public Policy, LSE)

Chair: Professor Francisco Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and LSE III Director)

For as long as data on income inequality has been available, Latin America has stood as one of the world’s two most unequal regions (along with sub-Saharan Africa). Despite some promising declines during the 2000s, inequality in many countries remains higher today than it was in the 1970s, suggesting a persistent high-inequality political economy equilibrium.

In this launch event, three of the Review Panel members and two eminent discussants presented and debated some of the core questions of the nascent LAC Inequality Review.

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Caste, Class and Social Mobility in Palanpur - Inequalities Seminar Series

 

 

 

 

Speaker: Dr Floriane Bolazzi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Chair: Professor Nicholas Stern (Chair of the Grantham Research Institute, LSE)

Since its independence (1947), India has undergone profound social, political and economic transformations. While these changes have contributed to the economic development of the country, it is less clear to what extent better opportunities for social mobility opened up to individuals, particularly those from groups historically disadvantaged by their caste position. Previous large-scale studies of social mobility in India have been limited by the lack of intergenerational data and the impossibility to disaggregate administrative caste categories into jatis (birth-ascribed endogamous groups). This talk was based on a new study that aims at verifying whether social mobility has increased over time and whether caste, at the jati level, continues to be a determinant factor of social (im)mobility. 

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Themes 

Causes of Inequality (overview)

Mary Evans - Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered. Listen to the podcast episode.

Lee Elliot Major, Sam Friedman, Katharina Hecht - Pulling Away? A social analysis of economic 'elites' in the UK. Listen to the podcast episodeWatch the video.

Luna Glucksberg - It’s Slippery at the Top: churn and anxiety amongst elite families. Listen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Professor Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy - The Shape of the Beast. Watch the video.

Branko Milanovic - Capitalism, Alone: the future of the system that rules the world. Download the slides.

Branko Milanovic, María Ana Lugo and Paul SegalThe Global Distribution of Income and the Politics of Globalisation - embedded liberal capitalism

Sara Hobolt, Torben Iversen, David Soskice -  Democracy and Prosperity: reinventing capitalism through a turbulent century

Tony Atkinson - Inequality: What Can Be Done

Joseph Stiglitz - The Great Divide

Thomas Piketty - New reflections about inequality & capital in the 21st century (III Annual Conference)

Robert Frank - Success and Luck: good fortune and the myth of meritocracy

Patricia Hudson, Avner Offer and Keith Tribe - The Piketty Opportunity

Dena Freeman - Dynamics of Democracy and Inequality in the context of Globalisation

Jane Waldfogel, Mike Savage, Anna Ludwine, Faiza Shaheen - Social and Economic Mobility: are destinies diverging?

John A Powell, Ruth Lister, Liz Sayce - Othering and Belonging: race, poverty and disability

Branko Milanovic - The Evolution of Global Inequalities: the impact on politics and the economy

Walter Scheidel - The Great Leveler: violence and the history of inequality from the Stone Age to the future

Thomas Shapiro - Toxic Inequality in the United States: economic inequality and racial injustice driving ugly politics

Will Bartlett, Nermin Oruč and Gorana Krstić - Income Inequality and Welfare Systems in the Yugoslav Successor States

Emmanuelle Barozet , Juan Carlos Castillo, Diana Kruger, Kirsten Sehnbruch - Understanding Chilean unrest: Inequalities, social conflict and political change in contemporary Chile. Watch the videoDownload the slides.

Causes of Inequality (specific forms of inequality)

Space/housing

Mark Fransham - Superstar Cities and Left-behind Places: A long-run perspective on U.S. interregional inequality

Mark Fransham -  A tale of two towns: what the fortunes of Oldham and Oxford tell us about spatial inequality in Britain

Bob Rowthorn - Economics, Political Economy and Democracy (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Anne Power - Housing, Health, Personal Circumstances, Criminality: Then and Now (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 3)

John Hills - "The Chain: How Inequality Works" - Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 4

Anne Power - Can Social Landlords Make Private Renting Work Better?

Danny Dorling, Lynsey Hanley, Anne Power - Lessons from Grenfell Tower: inequality and housing need, the Giant that still divides us (LSE Festival 2018)

Labour markets

Donald Tomaskovic-DeveyThe Organizational Production of Earning Inequalities

David Soskice - Economics, Political Economy and Democracy (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Stephen Machin and Alan Manning - Economy, Work, Pay, Class: Then and Now (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 2)

Paul Willman - Do Firms Manage Pay Inequality

Sarah Goff - The Stakes of Trade Policy: global and domestic inequalities

Kirsten Sehnbruch, Andrés Velasco and Stephen Machin - Looking at Labour Markets from a Multidimensional Perspective: the quality of employment in South America. Listen to the podcast episodeWatch the video.

Education

Cathie-Jo Martin - Imagine All The People: literature, society and cross-national variation in education systems - video - audio

Francis Green, David Kynaston and Luna Glucksberg -  Engines of Privilege: Britain's private school problem           

Sonia Exley - Selective Schooling and and its relationship to private tutoring: lessons from South Korea

Intersectionality, Gender, Race & Religion

Mary Evans - Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered. Listen to the podcast episode.

Professor Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy - The Shape of the Beast. Watch the video.

Sara Camacho Felix - Decolonising the Curriculum and BAME Attainment Gap

Ana Gutierrez  - Reconfiguring notions of whiteness among Latin American migrants in London and Madrid                    

Ellie Knott - Identity, Citizenship and Kin Majorities: Crimea and Moldova from the Bottom-Up         

Megan Ryburn - Uncertain citizenship: Everyday practices of Bolivian migrants in Chile

Stephanie Seguino and Naila Kabeer - Gender and Everyday Life (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Gareth Jones - Accumulation and Timespaces of Class (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Nicola Lacey & Kim Weeden - Harriet's Legacy: Navigating Intersectionality in the Age of Post-Racialism (III Annual Conference)

Asma Jahangir - Religious Intolerance and its Impact on Democracy (STICERD Amartya Sen Lecture)

Michèle Lamont - Getting Respect: responding to stigma and discrimination in the United States, Brazil and Israel

Philippe Bourgois, Jens Lerche & Alpa Shah Ground Down by Growth: tribe, caste, class and inequality in 21st century India

Akwugo Emejulu - Crisis Politics and the Challenge of Intersectional Solidarity 

Bev Skeggs, Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Jana Uher - Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different (LSE Festival 2018)

Louise Doughty, Winnie M Li, Nicola Lacey - Writing Fiction to Dramatise Inequality

Tony Bennett, Angela McRobbie, Clive James Nwonka, Bev Skeggs - Cultural Studies and the Challenge of Inequality Today

Lydia Hayes, Kevin Lucas, Insa Koch, Nicola Lacey, Bev Skeggs - The Labour of Care: work, law, and finance

Thomas Shapiro -  Economic and Racial Drivers of Toxic Inequality in the United States: Two Narratives, One Story 

Ai-jen PooCaring Forward: the global care economy and its future. Listen to the podcast episode here and watch here.

Danny Dorling, Sally Tomlinson, Gurminder K Bhambra - Inequality, Brexit and the End of Empire. Listen here and watch here.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Hon Grant Robertson MP, Katherine Trebeck, David Soskice - Can Wellbeing Economics work?: New Zealand's attempt to get off GDP. Podcast available here.

Reproduction of Inequalities

Branko Milanovic - Capitalism, Alone: the future of the system that rules the world. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episode.

Luna Glucksberg - It’s Slippery at the Top: churn and anxiety amongst elite families. Listen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Professor Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy - The Shape of the Beast. Watch the video.

Thomas Piketty - Capital and Ideology. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Heather Boushey- Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It

Louise Ashley, Sam Friedman and Faiza Shaheen The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged                            

Jonathan Mijs - The Paradox of Inequality: income inequality and belief in meritocracy go hand in hand 

Kate Summers and Katharina Hecht - Experiences of money from the perspectives of London’s ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ 

Liza Mackenzie -  Gender and Everyday Life (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Mike Savage - Accumulation and Timespaces of Class (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Jane Waldfogel -  Too Many Children Left Behind: the US achievement gap in comparative perspective

Mike Savage, Niall Cunningham, Fiona Devine, Sam Friedman, Daniel Laurison, Lisa McKenzie, Andrew Mile, Helene Snee, Paul Wakeling - Social Class in the 21st Century

Katharina Hecht (PhD) -  Social comparisons and perceptions of top incomes and wealth (presentations by PhD students at III Annual Conference)

Satanuka Roy (PhD) -  Education and caste in India (presentations by PhD students at III Annual Conference)

Rebecca Simson (PhD) - Public employment and inequality in Kenya and Tanzania since Independence (presentations by PhD students at III Annual Conference)

Educational Inequalities - APPAM 2016 International Conference

Joan C. Williams - Why did Trump win? Overcoming class cluelessness in America

Bev Skeggs - You are Being Tracked, Evaluated and Sold: an analysis of digital inequalities

Aaron Reeves and Sam Friedman - The Decline and Persistence of the Old Boy: Private Schools and Elite Recruitment

Emmanuelle Barozet , Juan Carlos Castillo, Diana Kruger, Kirsten Sehnbruch - Understanding Chilean unrest: Inequalities, social conflict and political change in contemporary Chile. Watch the videoDownload the slides.

Kirsten Sehnbruch, Andrés Velasco and Stephen Machin - Looking at Labour Markets from a Multidimensional Perspective: the quality of employment in South America. Listen to the podcast episodeWatch the video.

Consequences of Inequality

Naomi Eisenstadt and Carey Oppenheim - Parents, Poverty and the State. Download the slides.

Mary Evans - Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered. Listen to the podcast episode.

Branko Milanovic - Capitalism, Alone: the future of the system that rules the world. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episode.

Luna Glucksberg - It’s Slippery at the Top: churn and anxiety amongst elite families. Listen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Professor Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy - The Shape of the Beast. Watch the video.

Fabien Accominotti - How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: theory and experimental evidence    

Michela Franceschelli -Ccà semo, here we are. Lives on hold in Lampedusa’        

Myria Georgiou - Infinite difference, limited recognition: Digital makings of the city of refuge 

Kate Pickett and Professor Richard Wilkinson - The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve wellbeing

Berkay Özcan - The Impact of Immigration on Natives’ Fertility: Evidence from Syrians in Turkey 

Alpa Shah - Revolution and Freedom: Nightmarch among India's revolutionary guerrillas

The Health Gap - APPAM 2016 International Conference

Tim Newburn -  Housing, Health, Personal Circumstances, Criminality: Then and Now (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 3)

John Hills - "The Chain: How Inequality Works" (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 4)

John Hills, Georgia Gould, Omar Khan and Nona Buckley-Irvine - Stagnation Generation: Exploring intergenerational fairness

Catherine Boone - Regional Inequality and Preferences for Market-Promoting Land Law Reform: Kenya Pilot Study

Lisa Mckenzie - Post-Industrialisation in the East Midlands: ethnographic narratives from the communities that were thrown under the Brexit bus

Danny Dorling - The Equality Effect: improving life for everyone

Emmanuelle Barozet , Juan Carlos Castillo, Diana Kruger, Kirsten Sehnbruch - Understanding Chilean unrest: Inequalities, social conflict and political change in contemporary Chile. Watch the videoDownload the slides

Measuring Inequality

Kirsten Sehnbruch, Andrés Velasco and Stephen Machin - Looking at Labour Markets from a Multidimensional Perspective: the quality of employment in South America. Listen to the podcast episodeWatch the video.

Thomas Piketty - Capital and Ideology. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Pawel Bukowski - Between Communism and Capitalism: long-term inequality in Poland, 1892-2015

Sudhir Anand and Amartya Sen - Global Health and Inequality 

Andrew Summers - The Missing Billions: Measuring Top Incomes in the UK 

Neil Lee - Inclusive Growth in cities: a sympathetic critique  

Zamila Bunglawala - Tackling ethnic disparities using websites

Lucas Chancel, Duncan Green, Rebecca Simson, Paul Segal - Tracking the Rise in Global Economic Inequality: new evidence from the world inequality report 2018

Stephen Jenkins and Facundo Alvaredo - Income and wealth inequality: what do we learn from multiple data sources? (III Annual Conference)

Mary Morgan - Charles Booth and the Social Sciences (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 1) 

Emily Grundy - Housing, Health, Personal Circumstances, Criminality: Then and Now (Charles Booth Centenary Lectures Session 4)

Anthony Shorrocks -  Credit Suisse Global Wealth Report

Paul Segal - Who are the Global Top 1%?

Eleni Karagiannaki and Abigail McKnight - The Relationship between Inequality and Poverty: mechanisms and policy options

Polly Vizard - Older people's experiences of dignity and nutritional support during hospital stays

Michèle LamontAddressing recognition gaps: destigmatization processes and the making of inequality

Lord Nicholas Stern - A Village, a Country and the Discipline: economic development in Palanpur over seven decades

PartecipArte Theatre Company - What We Treasure We Measure: a theatrical engagement with gender in/equality

Solutions to Inequality

Kirsten Sehnbruch, Andrés Velasco and Stephen Machin - Looking at Labour Markets from a Multidimensional Perspective: the quality of employment in South America. Listen to the podcast episodeWatch the video.

Mary Evans - Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered. Listen to the podcast episode.

Branko Milanovic - Capitalism, Alone: the future of the system that rules the world. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episode.

Professor Amartya Sen, Arundhati Roy - The Shape of the Beast. Watch the video.

Thomas Piketty - Capital and Ideology. Watch the videoListen to the podcast episodeDownload the slides.

Ai-jen Poo - Caring Forward: the global care economy and its future   

Sudhir Anand (Harvard University and LSE, III) and Amartya Sen (Harvard University) - Global Health and Inequality. Listen here, watch here. Slides available here.

Sir Tim Besley and  Amartya Sen -  Foundations of State Effectiveness

Robin Cohen - Refugia: solving the problem of mass displacement

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, Hon Grant Robertson MP, and Katherine Trebeck Can Wellbeing Economics work?: New Zealand’s attempt to get off GDP

The Hon Julia Gillard AC, Zamila Bunglawala, Seeta Gangadharan and Anna Wechsberg - Closing the Gender Data Gap:  from data access to informing decisions and changing behaviours  

Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Seda Gürses and  Barry Lynn -  Choosing to be smart: Algorithms, AI, and avoiding the inevitability of unequal futures   

Tony Atkinson - Inequality: What Can Be Done?

Emmanuelle Barozet , Juan Carlos Castillo, Diana Kruger, Kirsten Sehnbruch - Understanding Chilean unrest: Inequalities, social conflict and political change in contemporary Chile. Watch the videoDownload the slides.

Tony Atkinson - Policy Implications (Inequality in the 21st Century Conference)

Thomas Piketty's response to Tony in the above

 Zamila Bunglawala - Nudge Theory and What Works - dynamic approaches to opening up data  

John Hills, Deborah Hargreaves & David Soskice - Taxing the Rich (III Annual Conference)

Craig Calhoun, Shami Chakrabarti, Duncan Green & Phumeza Mlungwana - Challenging Inequalities

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Lord Chris Holmes MBE, David Isaac CBE  and Liz Sayce - Switching Focus: whose responsibility to improve disabled people's employment and pay?  

David Stasavage - Taxing the Rich: a history of fiscal fairness in the United States and Europe

Guy StandingPlunder of the Commons: a manifesto for sharing public wealth

Guy Standing - Basic Income: and how we can make it happen

Naila KabeerIntersecting Inequalities and the Sustainable Development Goals: insights from Brazil

Chuck Collins, Mvuyo Tom, Anna Rathbone, Simon Duncan - Health Equity: barriers and oppportunities

Jee Kim, Katy Wright, Amartya Sen - Inequalities: changing the terms of the debate

Darren Walker - Investing in Equality: the role of capital and justice in addressing inequality

Cristobal Young - The Myth of Millionaire Tax Flight: how place still matters for the rich

Rachel Lomax, Ed Miliband, David Willets - What Can Be Done to Reduce Inequality? 

Tania Burchardt, Amy Feneck, Sam Friedman, Luna Glucksberg - The Challenge of Richness? Rethinking the Giant of Poverty (LSE Festival 2018)

Tania Burchardt, John Hills, Stephen Jenkins, Lucinda Platt - Five LSE Giants' Perspectives on Poverty (LSE Festival 2018)

Chris Hughes, Natalie Fenton, Kam Sandhu and Bev Skeggs - Fair Shot: rethinking inequality and how we earn

 Archive 

2021

Investing in Care? Private Finance and Social Infrastructures

Wednesday 07 July 2021

Speakers: Emma Dowling (Sociologist, University of Vienna; author of 'The Care Crisis: What Caused It and How Can We End It?') and Amy Horton (Economic Geographer, UCL) 

Discussant: Bev Skeggs (Former convenor of Global Economies of Care research theme, LSE III)

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor in Anthropology; convenor of the Global Economies of Care research theme, LSE III)

Social care is often seen as a drain on the economy, subject to a sustained crisis, which has been exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic. Yet in the UK and internationally these services have attracted huge investor interest over the last two decades – from private equity firms and real estate funds to impact investors. In this event, we explored: Why has private finance come to play such a significant role in care homes, home care and related efforts to achieve social impact? What does this mean for the many people working in care and all of us who rely on these services? What alternative approaches could we promote that might address the inequalities of the current ‘financialised’ system?

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Youth and Inequalities in the UK

Speakers: Jason Allen (St Mary's Youth Team Manager), Jeremiah Emmanuel (entrepreneur, youth activist and author) and Michaela Rafferty (III Atlantic Fellow; Young People’s Development Worker, Just for Kids Law)

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (Convenor Politics of Inequality research theme, LSE III; Executive Director AFSEE programme and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)

Even before the pandemic, young people in the UK faced many forms of inequality and their health and wellbeing was being eroded by a lack of jobs, a shortage of affordable housing, and cuts to public services. As the gap between the generations grows and young people’s voices and concerns are not adequately taken into account by policy makers and politicians, it is no surprise that young people increasingly feel anxious of what the future holds. This panel brought together three young leaders who are working in and beyond their local communities to address inequalities in education, housing, employment and the criminal justice system.

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Changing Elites

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Speakers: Aaron Reeves (Associate Professor of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford), Dr Eve Worth (Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Elites, Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford) and Sam Friedman (Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, LSE)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (Martin White Professor of Sociology, LSE; convenor of 'Wealth Elites and Tax Justice' Research Theme, LSE III) 

This seminar presented research on changes in the British elite over the last 120 years. Using data from Who’s Who, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, genealogical records, Probate data and interviews, the speakers explored topics such as social origin, diversity, power and wealth, and processes of reproduction and public performance among Britain’s elite.

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The Return of Inequality- Book Launch

Speakers: Professor Mike Savage (Martin White Professor of Sociology, LSE; convenor of Wealth Elites and Tax Justice Research Theme, LSE III), Gurminder K Bhambra (Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex; Fellow of the British Academy), and Patrick Le Galès (writer)

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, LSE III) 

In his new book, The Return of Inequality, which he discussed at this event, sociologist Mike Savage explains inequality’s profound deleterious effects on the shape of societies.

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Good Girls: Sonia Faleiro in conversation with Alpa Shah

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Speakers: Sonia Faleiro (journalist and writer) and Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, LSE III)

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (III Research Theme Convenor (Politics of Inequality), Executive Director AFSEE programme and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)

Sonia Faleiro was in conversation with Alpa Shah about her new book ‘Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing’. A deep investigation into the death of two low caste teenage girls, Faleiro explores the coming of age, the failures of care, and the violence of caste, honour and shame in contemporary India.

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For a Reparatory Social Science

Wednesday 26 May 2021

Speakers: Gurminder K Bhambra (Professor of Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex; Fellow of the British Academy)

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (III Research Theme Convenor (Politics of Inequality), Executive Director AFSEE programme and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)

In the inaugural Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity Keynote Lecture, Professor Bhambra explored the social sciences’ failure to acknowledge the extent to which modern nation-states were bound up with relations of colonial extraction and domination. Without putting such relations at the heart of our analyses, we cannot address global inequality effectively. Positing colonial histories as central to national imaginaries and the structures through which inequalities are legitimated and reproduced, she explored a framework for a reparatory social science, oriented to global justice as a reconstructive project of the present. The past cannot be undone, she concluded, but its legacies can be transformed to bring about a world that works for us all. 

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Intergenerational Transfers, Wealth and Gender in Britain - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Speakers: Brian Nolan (Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford) and Juan Palomino (Research Officer, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford)

Chair: Professor Francisco Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and LSE III Director)

This talk investigated the impact of intergenerational wealth transfers on wealth levels and inequality, exploiting rich household survey data. The speakers analysed patterns of intergenerational transfer receipt by gender, and assessed the extent to which differences in the scale and nature of these receipts contribute to the gender wealth gap. 

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Career Hubs as Corporate Global Networks 

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Speakers: Felix Bühlmann (Associate Professor, University of Lausanne), Christoph Houman Ellersgaard (Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School), Anton Grau Larsen (Assistant Professor, Copenhagen Business School and the Uni-versity of Roskilde) and Jacob Aagard Lunding (PhD Student, Copenhagen Business School)

Chair: Professor Johannes Hjellbrekke (Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, Norway)

This talk introduced the concept of “career hubs” as analytical strategy to understand corporate global business elites. While studies on corporate interlocks, based on network analyses between boards of directors, investigate the organization and coordination of corporate control, career hubs, defined as the most frequent common career organizations, allows us to study the formative years and the circulation of ideas and knowledge among the most important business leaders. We asked whether we can identify global career hubs, and if those career hubs differ according to the national context in countries such as the US, UK, Germany, France, Japan or China. 

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Faces of Inequality: a mixed methods approach to multidimensional inequalities Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 18 May 2021

Speaker: Paul Segal (Reader in Economics of Development, Department of International Development at King's College London)

Chair: Dr Tahnee Ooms (Research Officer, LSE III)

This talk presented a new mixed methods approach to measuring and understanding multidimensional inequality, applied to new data for Mexico City. Quantitative and qualitative dimensions of inequality were incorporated, integrating the concerns of both economists and sociologists.

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The Heirs, the Managers and the Bureaucrats: sketching economic power in contemporary France

Wednesday 12 May 2021

Speakers: François Denord (CNRS, CESSP, France), Paul Lagneau-Ymonet (PSL, Paris-Dauphine, IRISSO, France) and Sylvain Thine (CESSP, France)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (Martin White Professor of Sociology, LSE; convenor of Wealth Elites and Tax Justice Research Theme, LSE III)

This talk presented an original dataset that combines organisational and prosopographical data. The authors resort to geometric data analysis to study the forms of differentiation, the principles of hierarchisation and the modes of coordination that structure economic power in contemporary France.

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Refusing Discriminatory Technologies of Power: racial justice and the challenge of hi-tech policing Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 11 May 2021

Speaker: Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan (Associate Professor, Department of Media and Communications, LSE)

Chair: Professor Ellen Helsper (Research Theme Convenor (Politics of Inequality); Professor in Digital Inequalities, Department of Media and Communications, LSE)

From informational capitalism to biased code, technological systems increasingly form part of larger structures of oppression and domination. This talk tackled the topic of technology, injustice, and inequity with a focus on bottom-up practices of resistance, rejection, and refusal of digital and automated systems that increasingly govern people’s lives.

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Are Regional Inequalities Driving Us Apart? Geographical and political polarisation in an age of populism

Thursday 6 May 2021

Speakers: Jonathan Hopkin (Professor of Comparative Politics, European University Institute, LSE), Maria Abreu (University Senior Lecturer, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge), Ellen Helsper (Professor of Digital Inequalities, Department of Media and Communications, LSE), Andrés Rodriguez-Pose (Princesa de Asturias Chair; Professor of Economic Geography, LSE)

Chair: Professor Neil Lee (Professor of Economic Geography, LSE; Associate, III)

Is regional inequality driving political polarisation? And, if so, what can we do about it? This event brought together high-profile authors from political science, geography, economics, and psychology to debate this question. 

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Homoploutia: Top Labor and Capital Incomes in the United States, 1950-2020 Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 4 May 2021

Speaker: Yonatan Berman (Research Fellow, London Mathematical Laboratory)

Chair: Dr Nora Waitkus (Research Officer, LSE III)

Homoploutia describes the situation in which the same people are rich in the space of capital and labor income. In this talk, survey and administrative data was combined to document the evolution of homoploutia in the United States since 1950, finding that the increase in labor income inequality contributed to the rising homoploutia, which in turn explains 20% of the increase in interpersonal income inequality since 1986.

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Mary Wollstonecraft and the Vindication of Human Rights

Wednesday 28 April 2021

Speakers: Professor Amartya Sen, Bee Rowlatt (writer and public speaker)

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, LSE III)

Mary Wollstonecraft claimed human rights for all. She overcame limited education and a background of domestic violence to become an educational and political pioneer, and one of the greatest thinkers of the eighteenth century. As well as her intellectual audacity, it is Wollstonecraft’s love for humanity, her self-proclaimed “ardent affection for the human race” that continues to inspire. This event explored how, despite a savage pandemic, economic downturn, and increasing isolation in both political and individual life, there is a counter-story of community building and education, of optimism and hope.

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Debating Capital and Ideology

Monday 26 April 2021

Speakers: Professor Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex), Dr Jens Lerche (SOAS), Dr Sanjay G. Reddy (The New School for Social Research), Professor Diego Sánchez-Ancochea (Oxford University) and Dr Nora Waitkus (LSE III) 

Respondent: Professor Thomas Piketty (EHESS and Paris School of Economics)

Chair: Poornima Paidipaty (Department of Sociology, LSE)

This event debated Thomas Piketty’s urgent new book, Capital and Ideology, and featured an interdisciplinary panel of experts. The conversation probed his views on race and slavery, the nature of capitalism, the impact of political divides, and the contours of long-term social change.

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Anonymous and Non-Anonymous Growth Incidence Curves in the United States, 1968-2016 Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 30 March 2021

Speaker: Professor François Bourguignon (Emeritus Professor of Economics, Paris School of Economics) 

Chair: Professor Francisco Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies and LSE III Director) 

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Innovation in Real Places: strategies for prosperity in an unforgiving world

Monday 29 March 2021

Speakers: Professor Dan Breznitz (Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies, University of Toronto), Vidhya Alakeson (Chief Executive of Power to Change) and Professor David Soskice (Professor of Political Science and Economics, LSE Department of Government)  

Chair: Professor Neil Lee (Professor of Economic Geography, LSE; Associate, III)

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the largest economic shock in living memory, and the economic impact has been uneven across cities and regions. How do we build back better after COVID?

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How to Fight Inequality: and why that fight needs you - Book Launch

Thursday 18 March 2021

Speakers: Masana Ndinga-Kanga (Lead for the Crisis Response Fund, MENA and Women Human Rights Defenders at CIVICUS), Ben Phillips (Co-founder of the Fight Inequality Alliance), Pedro Telles (Co-founder and director of Quid, a communications and mobilisation lab focused on democracy and human rights). 

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (III Research Theme Convenor (Politics of Inequality), Executive Director AFSEE programme and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)

Inequality is the crisis of our time. The growing gap between a few at the top and the rest of society damages us all. No longer able to deny the crisis, governments across the globe have pledged to address it – and yet inequality keeps on getting worse. In his new book, How to Fight Inequality: and why that fight needs you, international anti-inequalities campaigner Ben Phillips discussed why winning the debate is not enough: we have to win the fight. 

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Households, Inequalities and Care: lockdown experiences from the UK, New Zealand and India Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 09 March 2021

Speakers: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, III, LSE), Professor Laura Bear (Professor of Anthropology, LSE), Dr Nick Long (Associate Professor of Anthropology, LSE)

Chair: Dr Insa Koch (Associate Professor of Law and Anthropology)

This event explored how the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the need to centre an understanding of the household in policy-making and politics if we are to mitigate inequalities. It did so by unveiling the insights of immersive anthropological research on the impact of the COVID-19 lockdowns as experienced in the UK, New Zealand and India. 

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The Underbelly of the Virus: how COVID-19 revealed our unequal world

Wednesday 03 March 2021

Speakers: Tracy Jooste (Senior Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity), Pablo Andres Rivero Morales (Oxfam), Julie Seghers (Oxfam International), and Mwanahamisi Singano (African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) )

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (III Research Theme Convenor (Politics of Inequality), Executive Director AFSEE programme and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Policy, LSE)

In the twelve months since the first lockdowns in the Global North, there has been a measurable rise in inequality in almost every country in the world, with preliminary studies indicating that unless urgent action is taken, the crisis will lead to a lasting, and even greater, economic divide.Hosted by the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme at the International Inequalities Institute, this discussion brought together an international panel of practitioners, scholars and policy-makers to discuss a new Oxfam briefing paper, The Inequality Virus: Bringing together a world torn apart by coronavirus through a fair, just and sustainable economy

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Wealth Inequality Across the Globe

Thursday 18 February 2021

Speakers: Professor André J. Caetano (Professor of Sociology and Demography, Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil), Professor Li Chunling (Professor of Sociology, University of Luxembourg), Sventlana Mareeva (Centre Director of the Institute of Social Policy, Higher School of Economics Moscow), Professor Celi Scalon (Professor Sociology, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Professor Kwang-Yeong Shin (Professor of Sociology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (Martin White Professor of Sociology, LSE and convenor of the Wealth Elites and Tax Justice Theme at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE)

This event introduced a special issue of The Journal of Chinese Sociology, which showcases new analyses of wealth inequality and their implications for social stratification and inequality in comparative perspective. The contributions range across Russia, China, South Korea, Brazil, as well as Europe and North America, to reflect on the size of the wealth gap, its dimensions and its significance for remaking traditional class divides.

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The Changing Geography of Social Mobility in the United States Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 16 February 2021

Speaker: Dr Dylan Connor (Assistant Professor at School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University) 

Chair: Dr Neil Cummins (Associate Professor of Economic History, LSE)

New evidence shows that intergenerational social mobility – the rate at which children born into poverty climb the income ladder – varies considerably across the United States. Is this current geography of opportunity something new or does it reflect a continuation of long-term trends? 

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Migrants in the Chilean Labour Market: a story of successful Integration? Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 09 February 2021

Speaker: Kirsten Sehnbruch (Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow, LSE III)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

In recent years, Latin American countries have experienced rapidly increasing flows of intraregional migration as migrants flee poverty, political instability and violence. This process has been facilitated by immigration legislation that poses few obstacles to this migration. However, little research has focused on how well Latin American migrants integrate into the local labour markets of their destination countries, both in terms of whether they find employment opportunities and, just as importantly what type of employment they find.

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COVID-19, Inequalities and the Future of Work

Monday 08 February 2021 

Speakers: Aveek Bhattacharya (Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation), The Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP (Chair of the Fabian Commission of Work and Technology), and Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch (British Academy Global Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow, III)

Chair: Professor Neil Lee (Professor of Economic Geography, LSE; Associate, III)

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid changes in labour markets across the world. Some workers have used digital technology to work from home. But for many workers, particularly the low-paid, this has been impossible. Meanwhile, job losses have been worst the least well off. Because of this, there are concerns that the pandemic has exacerbated inequality. What does COVID-19 mean for the future of work? Will it speed up employment polarisation? Or be a leveller, with low wage workers benefiting from greater use of technology?

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Building a Caring Economy

Thursday 04 February 2021

Speakers: Madeleine Bunting (Author and fomer Guardian columnist and associate editor), Professor Diane Elson, Professor Lynne Segal (Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies, Birkbeck, University of London). 

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor in Anthropology and convenor of the Global Economies of Care theme in the International Inequalities Institute at LSE)

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has made us aware of an acute crisis of care that lies at the heart of global inequalities. Care has long been marginalised and neglected as a central part of our economy. It’s a crisis not just of care workers but moves from the intimate domain of our households to global planetary care itself. What is this crisis of care, how should we think about care, and what can be done to make care more central to what we value? How do we build back our global economy by putting care – care of people and care of the environment - at its centre? 

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The Economic Consequences of Major Tax Cuts for the Rich - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 02 February 2021

Speakers: Dr David Hope (Department of Political Economy, Kings College London, Visiting Research Fellow, International Inequalities Institute), Dr Julian Limberg (Department of Political Economy, Kings College London)

Chair: Dr Luna Glucksberg (Research Fellow, LSE III)

The last 40 years have seen a substantial fall in taxes on the rich across the OECD countries. This coincided with a period of rising income inequality, especially in the Anglo-Saxon countries. Given the difficulties of establishing causality from cross-country panel studies, however, the extent to which tax cuts on the rich have driven up income inequality remains an open empirical question.

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The Politics of Inequality: why should we focus on resistance from below? 

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Speakers: Professor John Chalcroft (Professor of Middle East History and Politics in the Department of Government at LSE), Dr Flora Cornish (Associate Professor in Research Methodology in the Department of Methodology at LSE), Professor Ellen Helsper (Professor of Digital Inequalities in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE), Dr Armine Ishkanian (Associate Professor in Social Policy and Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at the International Inequalities Institute at LSE), Dr Sumi Madhok (Associate Professor in Transnational Gender Studies in the Department of Gender Studies at LSE) 

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor in Anthropology; convenor of the Global Economies of Care theme, LSE III)

While it is now widely accepted that inequality is the defining issue of our time and there is growing research on the drivers and impacts of inequalities, there has been less focus on how inequalities are experienced and resisted by ordinary people and communities. The newly launched Politics of Inequality research theme at the International Inequalities Institute explores the practices of resistance, mobilisation, and contestation from a bottom-up perspective.

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The unintended consequences of quantifying quality: Does ranking school performance shape the geographical concentration of advantage? Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Speakers: Dr Aaron Reeves (Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow in the International Inequalities Institute), Daniel McArthur (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University) 

Chair: Dr Nora Waitkus (Research Officer, LSE III)

Based on a paper of the same name, this talk investigated whether quantifying school performance can have the perverse consequence of increasing the spatial concentration of advantage.

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Deepening Democracy in Chile: from social crisis to constitutional revolution?

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Speakers: Emmanuelle Barozet (Professor of Sociology, University of Chile), Javier Couso (Professor of Constitutional Law, Diego Portales University, Chile), Oscar Landerretche (Professor of Economics, University of Chile)

Chair: Kirsten Sehnbruch (Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow, LSE III)

In 2019, an explosion of social protest brought Chile to a standstill. Protesters had many far-reaching demands, not least the establishment of a new constitution and greater social justice in health, education, and pensions. These demands, however, met only with repression from security forces, who showed scant respect for protesters' human rights. Unrest continued well into 2020 and was only contained inadvertently by the country's first COVID-19 lockdown.

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Apocalypse or new dawn? Social mobility, inequality and education in the post-COVID era Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Speaker: Professor Lee Elliot-Major (Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter) 

Chair: Dr Sara Camacho-Felix (Assistant Professorial Lecturer, LSE III)

What are the prospects for social mobility in the wake of the Covid pandemic? Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility assessed the future implications of growing educational and societal inequalities, drawing on evidence from the latest research and his new book.

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2020

Report of the UK Wealth Tax Commission

Wednesday 09 December 2020

SpeakersDr Arun Advani (Visiting Fellow, LSE III), Emma Chamberlain (Visiting Professor in Practice, LSE III) and Dr Andy Summers (Associate Member, LSE III)

ChairProfessor Sir Tim Besley (Department of Economics, LSE)

The unprecedented public spending required to tackle COVID-19 has been followed by debates about how to rebuild public finances and tackle inequalities exposed by the crisis. This event launched the final report of a major new project investigating the desirability and feasibility of a ‘wealth tax’ for the UK. Building on contributions by a network of world-leading experts on tax policy, the report makes recommendations to government on how to tax wealth more effectively.

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Does selection matter? Immigration selectivity, skills, and class habitus Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 08 December 2020

Speaker: Dr Renee Reichl Luthra (Department of Sociology, University of Essex)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

A key rationale for more restrictive immigration policy, with stringent educational attainment or language skill requirements, is to select immigrants who are “the brightest and the best” from their sending countries and who will be net fiscal contributors in the receiving country. It is typically assumed that those who are more highly educated will do better in the labour market, but also that those who are more educated than the majority of their compatriots, that is who are ‘selected’, will bring additional skills and characteristics associated with economic success. However, there has not yet been an empirical assessment of whether this is in fact the case.

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COVID, Inequalities, and the Future of Cities

Monday 07 December 2020 

Speakers: Professor Michael Storper (Department of Geography, LSE), Dr Max Nathan (UCL Centre for Applied Spatial Analysis), Dr Shauna Brail (Institute for Management & Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga), and Valentine Quinio (Centre for Cities)

Chair: Professor Neil Lee (Department of Geography, LSE; III Associate) 

The COVID pandemic led to the largest economic shock in living memory. Cities such as London and New York have been hit badly, reversing 25 years of urban resurgence. Stories in the media talk of affluent city dwellers leaving for the countryside to take advantage of remote work opportunities, leaving low-wage workers working in the face to face economy stranded without employment. These changes will, if they persist, have significant long-term consequences for inequality both within and between urban areas. Will it exacerbate disparities between the richest and poorest cities? Will it lead to an exodus of affluent workers, stranding less well paid workers in local services. What will the long-term implications of the pandemic be for the future of cities? 

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Covid and its Impact on Domestic Workers: Continental Perspectives on Argentina, India, and the United Kingdom 

Tuesday 01 December 2020

Speakers: Dr Shalini Grover (Research Officer, LSE III), Professor Louise Ryan (Director of Global Diversities and Inequalities Research Centre, London Metropolitan University), Dr Lorena Poblete (National University of San Martin), Dr Joyce Jiang (Lecturer in Human Resource Management, University of York), and Dr Neha Wadhawan (Work in Freedom Program, ILO, Delhi)

Chair: Dr Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, III, LSE)

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the lives of the millions of domestic workers across the world who provide essential services of care but are rarely seen as essential workers?

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The Violence of Uncertainty: how asylum waiting time undermines refugees’ health - Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Speaker: Sin Yi Cheung (Cardiff University)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

In their commentary published in the New England Journal of Medicine Grace and colleagues (2018) introduced the idea of violent uncertainty outlining the potentially deleterious impacts of insecure immigration status on the health of migrants.  As yet the concept has not been operationalised and formally investigated.  Policies of uncertainty are said to directly and indirectly create harm by impacting on individual’s health via detention and public degradation and undermining healthcare services.   

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Found in Translation? Language Legislation and Pro-Social Preferences - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 17 November 2020

Speaker: Frank A. Cowell (Department of Economics, LSE)

Chair: Professor Francisco Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequalities, Director International Inequalities Institute

Language plays a central role in shaping people's identities. In multilingual countries, the legal recognition of a language increases its status; this may influence attitudes towards others and their preferences for redistribution. This paper studies the effect of the progressive introduction of official language recognition (OLR) in Indian states, on pro-social behaviour, including tolerance, willingness to redistribute and unselfishness. The exposure to OLR increases has a significant impact on pro-social behaviour, one that is modified by factors such as whether respondents are Hindi speakers.

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Classes of Labour: work and life in a central Indian steel town

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Speaker: Jonathan Parry (Author and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Anthropology, LSE)

Discussants: Maxim Bolt (Associate Professor of Development Studies; Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford), Geert De Neve (Professor of Social Anthropology and South Asian Studies, University of Sussex), Nayanika Mathur (Associate Professor in the Anthropology of South Asia; Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford), Massimiliano Mollona (Anthropologist, Goldsmiths, University London), Nate Roberts (Anthropologist; lecturer in the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Goettingen) and Christian Strümpell (Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, Hamburg University).

Chair: Alpa Shah (Associate Professor of Anthropology; Research Theme leader of ‘Global Economies of Care’, III, LSE)

How should we understand the human conditions of the Indian workforce? This event discussed and celebrated, Professor Jonathan Parry’s magnum opus “Classes of Labour: Work and Life in a central Indian Steel Town”, a classic in the social sciences.

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Migrant Day Labourers in the US and the Politics of Precarity - Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 10 November 2020

Speaker: Dr Paul Apostolidis (Department of Government, LSE)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

This project develops a new conception of precarity by juxtaposing Latino migrant day labourers’ commentaries with recent critical theory on widespread forms of precarity. Methodologically, this inquiry opens new research trajectories by grounding political theory in field research among migrant workers and in collaboration with their labour organisations.

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Lives and Livelihoods: estimates of the global mortality and poverty effects of the COVID-19 pandemic - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Speaker: Dr Benoit Decerf (University of Namur)

Chair: Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch (Distinguished Policy Fellow, LSE III)

This event evaluated the global welfare consequences of increases in mortality and poverty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Increases in mortality are measured in terms of the number of years of life lost (LY) to the pandemic.

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The Active Ingredient of Inequality

Monday 26 October 2020 

Speaker: Francisco H. G. Ferreira (Amartya Sen Professor of Inequality Studies; III Director, LSE)

Chair: Minouche Shafik (LSE Director)

Around the world, people’s life chances are powerfully shaped by their race, gender, place of birth and family background. Two individuals born in the same city and on the same day may turn out to have very different schooling opportunities, to meet with different treatment by the police and other state institutions, and to face different job market conditions, depending on the neighbourhoods and families they were born into.

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Ethnic and Racial Harrassment in Britain - Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Speakers: Alita Nandi (University of Essex)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

Since the late 1960s, laws to address discrimination and harassment on the basis of ethnicity or race have been enacted. Now more than 50 years later what is the experience of Britain’s ethnic minorities? Using data from Understanding Society, a household panel survey of around 30,000 households in the UK, we provide estimates of the prevalence and persistence of ethnic and racial harassment. Who is at risk, and where?

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Is the Economy Racist?

Thursday 15 October 2020

Speakers: Faiza Shaheen (Director, CLASS), Wilf Sullivan (Equalities Officer, TUC), Nonhlanhla Makuyana (Decolonising Economics) & Felicia Odamtten (Director, The Black Economists Network)

Chair: Dr Poornima Paidipaty (Dept of Sociology, LSE)

Racism is often viewed through the prism of social policy and discrimination law. This separation from mainstream economics and economic inequality means we overlook the mechanisms by which our current models of capitalism can profit or indeed thrive because of racism and racist hierarchies. We know that ethnic minorities, in particular Black African, Black Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities are more likely to be out of work and are disproportionately in low paid sectors - but is this the outcome of employer prejudice and bias or something deeper? Is the economy racist? If so, how? What can be done about it?

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Culture Is Bad for You: inequality in the cultural and creative industries - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 13 October 2020

Speaker: Dr Dave O'Brien (Chancellor’s Fellow, Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Edinburgh)

Chair: Dr Sara Camacho Felix (Assistant Professorial Lecturer, LSE III)

This talk introduced themes from the book Culture is bad for you. The book analyses some of the connections between culture and social inequality. It presents the first large-scale study of social mobility into cultural and creative jobs, along with hundreds of interviews with cultural workers, and new analysis of secondary datasets. It uses this data to show that who works, and who engages, in culture is deeply unequal.

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Unsustainable Inequalities: social justice and the environment

Thursday 08 October 2020 

Speaker: Dr Lucas Chancel (World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics)

Discussant: Dr Alina Averchenkova (Distinguished Policy Fellow, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE)

Chair: Professor Francisco Ferreira (III Director designate) 

Can we fight poverty and inequality while protecting the environment? The challenges are obvious. To rise out of poverty is to consume more resources, almost by definition. And many measures to combat pollution lead to job losses and higher prices that mainly hurt the poor. In his new book Unsustainable Inequalities, economist and co-director of the World Inequality Lab in Paris, Lucas Chancel confronts these difficulties head-on, arguing that the goals of social justice and a greener world can be compatible, but that progress requires substantial changes in public policy.

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Hidden Versus Revealed Attitudes: a list experiment on support for minorities in Ireland - Migration, Ethnicity and Race Seminar Series

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Speakers: Dr Fran McGinnity (Economic and Social Research Institute) and Dr Mathew Creighton (University College Dublin)

Chair: Professor Lucinda Platt (Department of Social Policy, LSE)

This presentation reported findings of the first list experiment in Ireland. The experiment compares anonymously expressed attitudes to those expressed more openly, to seek to understand the extent to which people are concealing negative attitudes to minorities in Ireland when interviewed.

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Why do people stay poor?- Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 29 September 2020

Speaker: Professor Oriana Bandiera (Sir Anthony Atkinson Chair in Economics, Director of STICERD)

Chair: Dr Tahnee Ooms (Research Officer, III)

There are two broad views as to why people stay poor. One emphasizes differences in fundamentals, such as ability, talent or motivation. The other, poverty traps view, differences in opportunities stemming from differences in wealth.This study exploits a large-scale, randomized asset transfer and panel data on 6000 households over an 11 year period to test between these two views.

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Tribes: how our need to belong can make or break society

Thursday 05 March 2020

Speaker: David Lammy MP (MP for Tottenham)

Chair: Dr Armine Ishkanian (Associate Professor in Department of Social Policy, LSE)

In 2007, inspired by the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and looking to explore his own African roots, David Lammy took a DNA test. Part memoir, part call-to-arms Tribes explores how David Lammy felt reading his DNA results, and how they led him to rethink what it meant to need to belong to a tribe, and the results of being part of one. How this need – genetically programmed and socially acquired – can manifest itself in positive ways, collaboratively achieving great things that individuals alone cannot. And yet how, in recent years, globalisation and digitisation have led to new, more pernicious kinds of tribalism.

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The Shape of the Beast

Friday 14 February 2020

Speakers: Arundhati Roy (Writer, Essayist, Activist), Professor Amartya Sen (Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and an LSE Honorary Fellow)

Chair: Dr Sumi Madhok (Associate Professor of Transnational Gender Studies in the Department of Gender Studies, LSE)

In this Eva Colorni Memorial Lecture, Arundhati Roy read selected extracts from her literary and political work and engaged in discussion with Amartya Sen.

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Capital and Ideology

Thursday 06 February 2020

Speaker: Professor Thomas Piketty (Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics)

Chair: Minouche Shafik (LSE Director)

In the epic successor to one of the most important books of the century, Thomas Piketty challenges us revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. This event discussed Professor Piketty´s new book, Capital and Ideology.

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It’s Slippery at the Top: churn and anxiety amongst elite families - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 04 February 2020

Speaker: Dr Luna Glucksberg (Research Fellow, LSE International Inequalities Institute)

Chair: Dr Nora Waitkus (Research Officer, LSE International Inequalities Institute)

This talk took as a starting point the apparent paradox in the behaviour of elite families who strive to accumulate more and more wealth, fearing to lose their position at the top and slip down the inequality curve. To unpack this contradiction the speaker explored the fundamental problem that all elite families face, or rather are told they face, by their advisers: the issue of ‘generational algebra’.

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Pulling Away? A social analysis of economic 'elites' in the UK

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Speakers: Professor Lee Elliot Major ( Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter and Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE), Dr Sam Friedman (Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Director of the MSc Inequalities and Social Science), Dr Katharina Hecht (Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Fellow at LSE III)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (III Director)

This event launched a report from a research project at the International Inequalities Institute supported by the Sutton Trust to investigate whether British elites are pulling ahead, not just economically but also socially.

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2019


Aristocratic, Highbrow and Ordinary:  shifting modes of elite distinction 1897-2016 - Inequalities Seminar Series

Tuesday 03 December 2019

Speaker: Dr Sam Friedman (Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the MSc Inequalities and Social Science)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (III Director)

How do elites signal their superior social position through the consumption of culture? In this paper we answer this foundational question by drawing on 120 years of ‘recreations’ data (N = 71,393) contained within Who’s Who – a unique catalogue of the British elite.

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Understanding Chilean unrest: Inequalities, social conflict and political change in contemporary Chile

Public event

Speakers: Professor Emmanuelle Barozet (Full Professor at the University of Chile and Associate Researcher of the COES), Dr Juan Carlos Castillo (Associate Professor at the University of Chile and Subdirector of the COES), Dr Diana Kruger (Associate Professor at Adolfo Ibañez University and Associate Researcher of the COES)

Chair: Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch (British Academy Global Professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow, International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

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Looking at Labour Markets from a Multidimensional Perspective: the quality of employment in South America
Public event

Speaker: Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch (Distinguished Policy Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute)

Discussant: Professor Andrés Velasco (Dean of the School of Public Policy at LSE)

Chair: Professor Stephen Machin (Professor of Economics and Director of Centre for Economic Performance)

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Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It
Public event

Speaker: Heather Boushey (President of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and former Chief Economist for Hillary Clinton)

Chair: Dr Tahnee Ooms (Researcher, III)

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Superstar Cities and Left-behind Places: A long-run perspective on U.S. interregional inequality
Inequalities Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Tom Kemeny (Visiting Fellow at the LSE International Inequalities Institute)

Chair: Dr Mark Fransham (Researcher, International Inequalities Institute)

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Imagine All The People: literature, society and cross-national variation in education systems
Public event

Speaker: Professor Cathie-Jo Martin (Professor at Boston University and Director, BU Center for the Study of Europe)

Chair: Professor David Soskice (Professor of Political Science and Economics and Fellow of the British Academy Department of Government and III Research Theme Convenor)

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Decolonising the Curriculum and BAME Attainment Gap

Speaker: Dr Sara Camacho Felix (Assistant Professorial Lecturer for the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity at LSE)

Chair: Adeola Akande (Centre Manager at the United State Centre and Committee Member for EmbRace)

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Capitalism, Alone: the future of the system that rules the world
Public event

Speaker: Professor Branko Milanovic (Visiting Presidential Professor and LIS Senior Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York)

Chair: Minouche Shafik (Director of LSE)

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Who Cares in a Shrinking State? Responsibility and Respectability Reconsidered
Inequalities Seminar Series

Speakers: Professor Mary Evans (Mary Evans is LSE Centennial Professor at the Department of Gender Studies) and Dr Insa Koch (Associate Professor of Law, LSE Law).

Chair: Professor Beverley Skeggs (III Research Theme Convenor and AFSEE Academic Advisor International Inequalities Institute), 

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Collective Remittances and Mobilisation against crime in Mexico

Speaker: Covadonga Meseguer (LSE & ICADE)

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Between Communism and Capitalism: long-term inequality in Poland, 1892-2015

Speaker: Pawel Bukowski (Research Officer, LSE)

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Parents, Poverty and the State  

Speakers: Naomi Eisenstadt (Visiting Senior Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute), Carey Oppenheim (Visiting Senior Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute), Ryan Shorthouse (Director of Bright Blue) Matthew Taylor (Chief Exec of RSA)

Chair: Professor John Hills (Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy)

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Plunder of the Commons: a manifesto for sharing public wealth

Speaker: Professor Guy Standing (Professorial Research Associate at SOAS)

Discussants: 
Rt Hon David Lammy MP, Rt Hon Caroline Lucas MP

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Caring Forward: the global care economy and its future   

Speaker: Ai-jen Poo (National Domestic Workers Alliance)

Chair: Professor Beverley Skeggs (LSE, III)

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The life and times of categorical inequality: class, gender and race in long term historical perspective

Inequalities Seminar Series 

Speaker: Professor Mike Savage (Director, International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

Chair: Dr Luna Glucksberg (Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute)

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Global Health and Inequality                                                                  

Speakers: Professor Sudhir Anand (Harvard University and LSE, III) and Professor Amartya Sen (Harvard University) 

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (LSE, III)

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The Global Distribution of Income and the Politics of Globalisation - embedded liberal capitalism 

Speaker: Professor Branko Milanovic (City University of New York)

Discussants: Dr María Ana Lugo (Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank) and  Dr Paul Segal (Department of International Development, Kings College London)

Chair: Professor David Soskice (International Inequalities Institute, LSE) 

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Inequality, Brexit and the End of Empire
Public Event

Speakers: Professor Danny Dorling  (School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford); Professor Sally Tomlinson (Department of Education, University of Oxford and Goldsmiths, University of London); Professor Gurminder K Bhambra (International Relations, International Development, University of Sussex).

Chair: Professor Beverley Skeggs (Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme, III, LSE)

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Reconfiguring notions of whiteness among Latin American migrants in London and Madrid
Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Speaker: Dr Ana Gutierrez (University of Oxford, Department of Anthropology) 

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A tale of two towns: what the fortunes of Oldham and Oxford tell us about spatial inequality in Britain

Inequalities Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Mark Fransham (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

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Foundations of State Effectiveness
Hosted by the Amartya Sen lecture series, STICERD and the International Inequalities Institute

Speaker: Professor Sir Tim Besley (School Professor of Economics of Political Science and Sir W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics in the Department of Economics at LSE)

Discussant: Professor Amartya Sen (Thomas W Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University) 

Chair: Minouche Shafik (Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this she was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England)

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Agrarian Inequalities, Institutional Innovation and Gender: can group farming provide an answer?

Co-hosted by the International Inequalities Institute and KCL India Institute

Speaker: Professor Bina Agarwal (Development Economics and Environment, University of Manchester)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

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Identity, Citizenship and Kin Majorities: Crimea and Moldova from the Bottom-Up

Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Speaker: Ellie Knott (LSE Department of Methodology) 

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How the Reification of Merit Breeds Inequality: theory and experimental evidence
Inequalities Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Fabien Accominotti (Department of Sociology, LSE)

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Sure Start: celebration and reflection 
Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Speakers: Torsten Bell (Resolution Foundation); Naomi Eisenstadt (LSE International Inequalities Institute); Edward Melhuish (Human Development at the University of Oxford, and Birkbeck, University of London); Carey Oppenheim (LSE International Inequalities Institute); Susie Owen (Department of Education); Natalie Perera (EPI); Kitty Stewart (Social Policy and Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE); Baroness Philippa (Social Metrics Commission and the Legatum Foundation); Kathy Sylva (Educational Psychology at the University of Oxford); Polly Toynbee (The Guardian)

Chair: John Hills (Social Policy and CASE, LSE)

January 2019 marks twenty years since Tessa Jowell, then Public Health Minister, announced the first sixty Sure Start Trailblazer areas. In tribute to Tessa Jowell, this half-day conference will reflect on what has been learned from the evaluations of Sure Start and its successor, Children's Centres, what those involved at the time think now about the initiative, and what it has taught us as a way forward for integrated early years services. 

Podcast episode available below: 

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Refugia: solving the problem of mass displacement                            

Speaker: Professor Robin Cohen (Kellogg College, University of Oxford)

Chair: Dr Isabel Shutes (Social Policy, LSE) 

Using fresh interpretations of utopian and archipelagic thinking, Robin Cohen will examine the limits and possibilities of creating an imaginative answer to mass displacement.

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Engines of Privilege: Britain's private school problem                         

Speakers: Professor Francis Green  (Institute of Education, UCL); Professor David Kynaston (Visiting Professor, Kingston University);

Discussant: Dr Luna Glucksberg (III, LSE)

A rigourous, compelling and balanced examination of the British private school system and the lifetime of inequalities it entrenches.

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Ccà semo, here we are. Lives on hold in Lampedusa’
Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

A short film screening and discussion with Dr Michela Franceschelli

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The Missing Billions: Measuring Top Incomes in the UK
Inequalities Seminar Series

Speaker: Dr Andrew Summers (Department of Law, LSE)

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The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged                            

Speakers: Dr Louise Ashley (Royal Holloway, University of London)Dr Sam Friedman (Sociology, LSE); Dr Faiza Shaheen (Director of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies)

Chair: Professor Mike Savage

How and why does class background still affect those in elite occupations? In this book launch the speakers look at barriers to upward mobility.

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Can Wellbeing Economics work?: New Zealand’s attempt to get off GDP

Speakers: Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (University of Oxford); Hon Grant Robertson MP (New Zealand Minister of Finance); and Dr Katherine Trebeck (Wellbeing Economy Alliance)

Chair: Professor David Soskice (International Inequalities Institute, LSE) 

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Infinite difference, limited recognition: Digital makings of the city of refuge
Seminar Series on Migration Ethnicity and Race

Speaker: Professor Myria Georgiou (LSE Department of Media & Communications)

This presentation examines whether the city can become a city of refuge, that is, one that recognises newcomers’ agency and rights as humans but also as citizens-in-the-making. Drawing from research in Athens, Berlin and London at the aftermath of Europe’s “migration crisis”, the paper shows that cities of refuge emerge as hopeful but fragile urban ethico-political projects.

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The Paradox of Inequality: income inequality and belief in meritocracy go hand in hand

 Inequalities Seminar Series 

Speaker: Dr Jonathan Mijs  (International Inequalities Institute, LSE)

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Democracy and Prosperity: reinventing capitalism through a turbulent century

Speakers: Professor Sara Hobolt (European Institute, LSE); Professor Torben Iversen (Harvard University and Centennial Professor LSE); Professor David Soskice (International Inequalities Institute, LSE) 

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2018

Nudge Theory and What Works - dynamic approaches to opening up data Supported by JRF, 5th December 2018 

Speakers: Zamila Bunglawala, JRF Fellow in Practice and Deputy Director, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office; David Halpern, Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team; Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community (BiTC); and Mike Savage, Director, International Inequalities Institute, LSE

Chair: John Pullinger, UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive UK Statistics Authority

Dynamic approaches towards open data to identify ‘what works’, to inform behavioural change and public and private sector policies, to reduce inequalities.

Increasingly, data is how we make sense of the world. From GDP to the UN’s sustainability goals, key indicators are held up as objective reflections of the world.  This open dialogue event will highlight dynamic approaches from the new ONS Center for Equalities and Inclusion, from 'nudge theory' and behavioural change, sharing ‘what works’ and informing policies in the public and private sectors to reduce inequalities in gender pay, ethnic minority employment and wider inequalities. 

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Switching Focus: whose responsibility to improve disabled people's employment and pay?  - Supported by JRF, 28th November 

Speakers: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE (cross-bench peer), Lord Chris Holmes MBE, David Isaac CBE (Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission) and Liz Sayce (LSE, III)

Chair: Dr Tania Burchardt (LSE, Department of Social Policy)

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Experiences of money from the perspectives of London’s ‘rich’ and ‘poor’ - Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 20 November 2018 

Speakers: Dr Kate Summers and Dr Katharina Hecht

This paper compares qualitative interview data with individuals at the opposite ends of the income and wealth distributions, in a society with large economic inequality.

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Uncertain citizenship: Everyday practices of Bolivian migrants in Chile - Part of the Seminar Series on Migration, Ethnicity and Race - 8 November 2018 

Speaker: Dr Megan Ryburn 

Uncertain Citizenship explores how Bolivian migrants to Chile experience citizenship in their daily lives. Intraregional migration is on the rise in Latin America and challenges how citizenship in the region is understood and experienced.

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Revolution and Freedom: Nightmarch among India's revolutionary guerrillas  - Public Event 1 November 2018 

Speakers: Alpa Shah (LSE)Neel Mukherjee is the critically acclaimed author of three novels: A State of Freedom(2017), The Lives of Others (2014), and A Life Apart (2010).     

In her latest book, Nightmarch, which she will talk about at this event, Alpa Shah offers a profound understanding of why some of India’s poor have shunned the world’s largest democracy and taken up arms to fight for a fairer society in one of the most intractable and under-reported rebellions.

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Tackling ethnic disparities using websites  - Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 30 October 2018  

Speaker: Zamila Bunglawala (Strategy and Insight, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office)

Since it’s 2017 launch the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Audit’s https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/ website, detailing all Government data broken down by ethnicity is a world-fist has raised the exposure of ethnic disparities across the country, and helped to shine a light on areas where more focus is needed.

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The Impact of Immigration on Natives’ Fertility: Evidence from Syrians in Turkey Part of the Seminar Series on Migration, Ethnicity and Race - 25 October 2018 

Speaker: Dr Berkay Özcan (LSE)

The discussion on whether immigration can solve the problems of population aging often focus on the fertility of immigrants. Additionally, standard projections often consider the impact of migration on population growth but assume that the natives’ fertility does not change in response to migration. 

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Closing the Gender Data Gap:  from data access to informing decisions and changing behaviours  In collaboraition with the Global Institute for Womens Leadership, KCL - 16 October 2018 

Chair: The Hon Julia Gillard AC (Global Institute for Womens Leadership, KCL) Speakers:  Zamila Bunglawala (Cabinet Office and JRF Practitioner Fellow, III); Seeta Gangadharan (LSE); Anna Wechsberg (Government Equalities Office)

This panel event looked at the accessibility and transparency of data from across sectors, as researchers and policy makers look to close the gender data gap through informing decisions, changing behaviours and improving outcomes for all.

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Inclusive Growth in cities: a sympathetic critique  - Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 16 October 2018

Speaker: Dr Neil Lee (LSE)

The concept of ‘Inclusive Growth’ – a concern with the pace and pattern of growth – has become a new mantra in local economic development. Despite enthusiasm from some policy-makers, others argue it is a buzzword which is changing little. This paper summarizes and critiques this agenda.

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The Inner Level: how more equal societies reduce stress, restore sanity and improve wellbeing  LSE Public Lecture - 3 October 2018

Speakers: Professor Kate Pickett, Professor Richard Wilkinson

The speakers focus on the psychological effects of inequality, on how larger income differences increase feelings of dominance and subordination, and the consequences for mental illness.

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Ethnographic exploration of the socio-economic transformation of the Basque country - Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 2 October 2018 

Speaker: Dr Luna Glucksberg

The aim of this research project conducted by the LSE Inequalities Institute in collaboration with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center was to understand the values, narratives and strategic decisions that have been taken in the Basque Country by public and private institutions during the last decades, to build a unique socio-economic model that presents positive equality indicators combined with a competitive economy.

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Choosing to be smart: Algorithms, AI, and avoiding the inevitability of unequal futures  LSE Public Lecture - 20 September 2018

Speakers: Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan (LSE), Seda Gürses (COSIC/ESAT),  Barry Lynn (Open Markets Institute)  

Since the early 2000s, acquisitions by Microsoft, Google, Intel, and other big tech companies in AI and machine learning have been rapidly growing. As investments continue apace, and algorithms and artificial intelligence become integrated into our daily lives, public debate regularly fixates upon whether new, automated technologies can be used for good or bad. 

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Tracking the Rise in Global Economic Inequality: new evidence from the World Inequality Report 2018 - 7 June 2018 

Speaker: Dr Lucas Chancel (General Coordinator of the World Inequality Report and Co-Director of the World Inequality Lab)

Discussants: Dr Rebecca Simson (LSE International Development Department) and Dr Duncan Green (Oxfam GB and Professor in Practice in the LSE International Development Department)

The first World Inequality Report (WIR2018), first launched in December last year at the Paris School of Economics, was coordinated by Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman. It draws from new findings of the World Wealth and Income Database (a project which regroups now more than 100 researchers all over the world) and provides the first systemic assessment of globalization in terms of income and wealth inequality since 1980.

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The Labour of Care: work, law, and finance - 1 May 2018

Speaker: Lydia Hughes, Kevin Lucas, Dr Insa Koch, Professor Nicola Lacey 

To celebrate May Day, the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity, based at the International Inequalities Institute, held an event to explore how the Labour of Care - the often-ignored activity of caring for another person and it’s future role in social, political, and economic life.

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Cultural Studies and the Challenge of Inequality Today - 18 April 

Speakers: Professor Tony Bennett, Professor Bev Skeggs, Dr Clive James Nwonka

This event considered the prospects for contemporary thinking within the cultural studies tradition to engage with current inequalities. Mindful of the historical importance of this tradition, dating back to the 1960s and including work by Richard Hoggart, Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, feminist cultural theory, and Bourdieu, the panel took stock of these older perspectives and offered their thoughts on contemporary prospects.

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Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn - 10 April 2018 

Speaker: Chris Hughes

Discussants: Professor Natalie Fenton, Kam Sandhu

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes made the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people. Chris Hughes is the co-founder of the Economic Security Project. He co-founded Facebook and later led Barack Obama’s digital organising campaign for President. 

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Who Belongs? Can we Afford to be Different? -24 February 2018

Speakers: Brett Heasman, Celestin Okoroji, Professor Bev Skeggs, Dr Jana Uher

There have been significant advances in the rights, recognition and participation of diverse groups of people in the UK over the past 30 years. And yet, people’s backgrounds and characteristics – such as their age, gender, ethnicity, 'abilities' or 'disabilities', and sexual orientation – continue to strongly influence their life experiences, opportunities and prosperity.

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Five LSE Giants' Perspectives on Poverty - 24 February 2018 

Speakers: Dr Tania Burchardt, Professor Sir John Hills, Professor Stephen P Jenkins, Professor Lucinda Platt

Taking five ‘Giants’ in the study of poverty over the last 100 years, themselves, like Beveridge, authors of influential reports, this event discussed how their thinking articulates with Beveridge’s vision and has advanced our understanding of poverty and how to tackle it.

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Lessons from Grenfell Tower: inequality and housing need, the Giant that still divides us - 23 February 2018 

Speakers: Professor Danny Dorling, Lynsey Hanley, Professor Anne Power

The crucially important role of social housing has been recognised following the Grenfell Tower disaster, which also laid bare the disconnect between the ‘elites’ and the most disadvantaged in society.This event explored the link between inequality and housing, evidenced by the growing demand for low cost rented housing among those on the very lowest incomes. 

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Writing Fiction to Dramatise Inequality - 21 February 2018 

Speakers: Louise Doughty (author of Apple Tree YardBlack Water, and Whatever You Love), Winnie M Li (LSE Media and Communications and author of Dark Chapter), Professor Nicola Lacey (LSE Law)

How can literature reach audiences in ways that social science research about inequality can’t? How can narratives about fictional characters dramatise lived experiences of social inequality – and what are the ethical implications of creating these narratives for a mass readership? 

This event brings together two award-winning authors (one established, one emerging) whose fiction explores various forms of social inequality. Louise Doughty, author of eight novels, is best known for her bestselling Apple Tree Yard, which was adapted into a BBC TV series. Winnie M Li is a PhD student at LSE, whose debut novel Dark Chapter, recently won The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and is inspired by her own lived experience of rape. 

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The Challenge of Richness? Rethinking the Giant of Poverty - 20 February 2018

Speakers: Dr Tania Burchardt (LSE CASE), Amy Feneck, Dr Sam Friedman (LSE Sociology), Dr Luna Glucksberg (LSE III)

The economic and political power of the richest in our society has dramatically increased since 1942. 75 years on since his report, the panel discussed whether Beveridge’s concern with poverty now needs to be extended to include a concern with richness.

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The stakes of trade policy: global and domestic inequalities Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 20 February 2018 

Speaker: Dr Sarah Goff (LSE Government)

Economic nationalism is on the rise, while multilateral and regional decision-making on trade is floundering. These trends are highlighted by the collapse of the World Trade Organization’s Doha round, the US’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the US and the UK taking steps that could lead to withdrawal from Nafta and the Common Market, respectively. When decision-making on trade shifts from multilateral institutions to states, what is at stake for equality?

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Crisis Politics and the Challenge of Intersectional Solidarity Co-hosted with Department of Gender Studies - 31 Januray 2018 

Speaker: Professor Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick)

Drawing on her new co-authored book, Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain, Akwugo Emejulu's talk explored the asymmetrical impacts of austerity measures on women of colour and their strategies for resistance in Scotland, England and France.

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Selective schooling and its relationship to private tutoring: lessons from South Korea Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 30 January 2018 

Speaker: Dr Sonia Exley (LSE Social Policy)

In light of recent Conservative Government proposals to expand numbers of academically selective (‘grammar’) schools in England, Dr Sonia Exley considers the possibility that such a policy could fuel further what are already rising levels of private tutoring in England, with implications for inequality and for disadvantaged families.

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Neoliberalism, Social Oppression and Class Relations - 25 January 2018 

The LSE International Inequalities Institute and the Department of Anthropology welcome you on 25 January 2018 to a half day conference on ‘Neoliberalism, Social Oppression and Class Relations’ with Philippe Bourgois (keynote lecture), Jeffery Webber, Shelley Feldman, Tithi Bhatacharya and Beverley Skeggs (1-6pm, Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clements Inn, LSE) and an LSE public event evening panel discussion of ‘Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st Century India' with Alpa Shah, Jens Lerche, Philippe Bourgois and Katy Gardner (6.30-8.00 pm followed by a drinks reception, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE)

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Income Inequality and Welfare Systems in the Yugoslav Successor StatesPart of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 23 January 2018 

Speakers: Dr Will Bartlett (LSEE Research on South East Europe), Dr Nermin Oruč (Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research, Sarajevo), Dr Jelena Žarković Rakic (University of Belgrade) and Dr Gorana Krstić (University of Belgrade)

Twenty-five years since the break up of Yugoslavia, the successor states record different levels of income inequality. Slovenia has one of the lowest levels of inequality in Europe, Serbia the highest, while Croatia has an intermediate position. Using the latest survey data (the EU-standard SILC survey on incomes and living conditions) the speakers explore the sources of income that are most important for explaining the emergent income inequalities. 

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Toxic Inequality in the United States: economic inequality and racial injustice driving ugly politics - 18 January 2018 

Speaker: Professor Thomas Shapiro (Brandeis University)
Discussant: Zamila Bunglawala (Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office)

This lecture was based on Thomas Shapiro's book Toxic Inequality, which examines a powerful and unprecedented convergence in the United States: historic and rising levels of wealth and income inequality in an era of stalled mobility, intersecting with a widening racial wealth gap, all against the backdrop of changing racial and ethnic demographics.

This event was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Economic and Racial Drivers of Toxic Inequality in the United States: Two Narratives, One Story Part of the Inequalities Seminar Series - 16 January 2018 

Speaker: Professor Thomas Shapiro (Brandeis University)

Since the Great Recession, most Americans' standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But, economic inequality differs by race; African Americans' net wealth is just a tenth of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have amassed wealth at three times the rate of black families. Wealth disparities must be understood in tandem with racial inequities--that is a key part of why inequality in the United States is now toxic. 

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By speaker (alphabetical order)

Fabien Accominotti

Facundo Alvaredo

Louise Ashley

The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged                            

Tony Atkinson

Will Bartlett

Torsten Bell

Sure Start: celebration and reflection
Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Tony Bennett

Tim Besley

Foundations of State Effectiveness                        

Gurminder K Bhambra

 Inequality, Brexit and the End of Empire                                                   

 

Catherine Boone

Zamila Bunglawala

Tania Burchardt

Craig Calhoun

Shami Chakrabarti

Lucas Chancel

Chuck Collins

Health Equity: barriers and opportunities (III Annual Conference 2017)

 

Robin Cohen

Refugia: solving the problem of mass displacement                            

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Matthew Desmond

Danny Dorling

Akwugo Emejulu

Naomi Eisenstadt

Sure Start: celebration and reflection
Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Sonia Exley

Robert Frank

Michela Franceschelli

Mark Fransham

Dena Freeman

Sam Friedman

Myria Georgiou

Julia Gillard

Luna Glucksberg

Sarah Goff

Duncan Green

Francis Green 

Emily Grundy

Ana Gutierrez

David Halpern

Deborah Hargreaves

Lydia Hayes

Katharina Hecht

John Hills

Sara Hobolt 

Chris Hughes

Torben Iversen

Asma Jahangir

Stephen P Jenkins

Gareth Jones

Naila Kabeer

Jee Kim

Inequalities: changing the terms of the debate (III Annual Conference 2017)

 

Ellie Knott 

Insa Koch

David Kynaston

Nicola Lacey

Michèle Lamont

Neil Lee

Ruth Lister

Stephen Machin

Lisa McKenzie

Alan Manning

Edward Melhuish

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Jonathan Mijs

Branko Milanovic

Mary Morgan

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve

Tim Newburn

Clive James Nwonka

PartecipArte Theatre Company

Carey Oppenheim

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Susie Owen

Sure Start: celebration and reflection
Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Kate Pickett

Natalie Perera

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Thomas Piketty

Lucinda Platt

John A Powell

Anne Power

John Pullinger

Anna Rathbone and Simon Duncan

Health Equity: barriers and opportunities (III Annual Conference 2017)

Aaron Reeves

Hon Grant Robertson

Bob Rowthorn

Megan Ryburn

Mike Savage 

Liz Sayce

Walter Scheidel

Paul Segal

Stephanie Seguino

Amartya Sen

Alpa Shah

Faiza Shaheen

The Class Ceiling: why it pays to be privileged   

Jane Waldfogel, Mike Savage, Anna Ludwine, Faiza Shaheen Social and Economic Mobility: are destinies diverging?

Thomas Shapiro

Anthony Shorrocks

Bev Skeggs

David Soskice

Guy Standing

David Stasavage

Nicholas Stern

Kitty Stewart

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Joseph Stiglitz 

Philippa Stroud

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Andrew Summers 

Kate Summers

Kathy Sylva

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Mvuyo Tom

Health Equity: barriers and opportunities (III Annual Conference 2017)

Sally Tomlinson

 Inequality, Brexit and the End of Empire                                                   

 

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

Polly Toynbee

Sure Start: celebration and reflection                                                                                 Supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Part 1 

Part 2

Part 3  

Katherine Trebeck

Polly Vizard

Jane Waldfogel

Darren Walker

Kim Weeden

Joan C. Williams

Paul Willman

Richard Wilkinson

Katy Wright

Inequalities: changing the terms of the debate (III Annual Conference 2017)

Cristobal Young

Berkay Özcan