March 25: Income, wealth inequality

Department of Economics to host panel discussion on income, wealth inequality

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11:17 a.m., March 13, 2014--The Department of Economics in the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics will host a panel discussion on “Income and Wealth Inequality: Causes, Consequences and Policies,” on Tuesday, March 25.

The panel will be held at 7:30 p.m. in 115 Purnell Hall and faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to join the department in a “friendly clash of views.”

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Four distinguished professors of economics will discuss the trend of increasing income and wealth inequality that has attracted considerable public and political attention.

They will discuss their differing views on these important issues and address questions including: What has caused the growing inequality? What are the implications of increased wealth and income inequality? What, if any, public policies should be adopted?

Panelists include:

  • William Poole, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, who joined UD in 2008 after retiring from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis where he served as president.
  • Saul D. Hoffman, professor of economics at UD, who has taught at the University since 1977, served as department chair from 2001 to 2012, and is a core faculty associate in UD’s Department of Women and Gender Studies. Hoffman has published extensively on the relationship between economic forces and demographic behavior, including research on the economic consequences of divorce and of teen and non-marital childbearing, as well as on the impact of the welfare system on family structure. He is a regular contributor to the editorial page of The News Journal and delawareonline.com.
  • Laurence Seidman, Chaplin Tyler Professor of Economics and member of the UD faculty since 1982, who received his doctorate in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1974 and has published extensively, most recently in Challenge and The News Journal.
  • Burton Abrams, professor of economics, who received his doctorate in economics from Ohio State University in 1974 and joined UD the same year. He has published extensively, most recently in the Eastern Economic Journal and The Daily Caller.
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