The Economy and its Boundaries Conference

Capitalism and Inequality

Friday, October 21 - Saturday, October 22

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

In the wake of the Great Recession, the marked increase in economic inequality in recent decades has become a topic of great public concern.  This event, part of the Neubauer Collegium faculty research initiative on The Economy and its Boundaries, draws together scholars from across the social sciences and humanities to address the problem of capitalism and inequality.  What is inequality?  What are the causes of inequality?  How does inequality work?  What, if anything, should be done about inequality?


Friday, October 21st

2:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What is Inequality?

Chair – Elaine Hadley, English, University of Chicago

Martin O'Neill, Politics, University of York
Moishe Postone, History, University of Chicago
Kenneth Warren, English, University of Chicago

4:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
Causes of Inequality

Chair - James Robinson, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago

Greta Krippner, Sociology, University of Michigan
Brent Neiman, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Kenneth Pomeranz, History, University of Chicago

Saturday, October 22nd

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
How Inequality Works

Chair – Amy Dru Stanley, History, University of Chicago

Andrew Abbott, Sociology, University of Chicago 
Brodwyn Fischer, History, University of Chicago
Megan Ming Francis, Political Science, University of Washington

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Addressing Inequality

Chair - Leslie McCall, Sociology, Northwestern University

John McCormick, Political Science, University of Chicago
Avner Offer, History, University of Oxford
Marci Ybarra, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago