Institute for International Economic Policy

Inequality and Poverty in the Global Economy

In the last twenty-five years the world has experienced a growing gap in income between rich and poor countries, a steep rise in incomes at the very top in the UK and the United States, a persistent coexistence of stark deprivation alongside conspicuous wealth in middle-income countries such as Brazil and Mexico, and a sharp increase in inequality in rapidly growing (and previously equal) countries such as China and Russia. Should the observed increase in inequality cause concern and, if the answer is yes, on what grounds? Can policy changes at the domestic and multilateral level change the level of inequality? If it can, what types of policies would be most effective without damaging long run growth?

The lecture series Poverty and Inequality in the Global Economy features leading experts who will address these and other fundamental questions on this very topical subject. The lectures will discuss global trends as well as focus on specific regions and countries.

These events are open to the public. Please contact iiep@gwu.edu if you are interested in receiving regular notification of upcoming events.


2009 Events

18 February 2009
4:00-5:15 p.m.
"Bailing Out The World's Poorest"
Martin Ravallion (World Bank)
4 March 2009
4:00-5:15 p.m.
"Implications of Higher Global Food Prices For Poverty in Low-Income Countries"
Will Martin (World Bank)
11 March 2009
4:00-5:15 p.m.
"Impact of Rising Food Prices on the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Quentin Wodon (World Bank)
25 March 2009
4:00-5:15 p.m.
"Rising Food and Fuel Prices: Addressing the Risks to Future Generations"
Ariel Fiszbein (World Bank)
15 April 2009
4:00-5:15 p.m.
"The Impact of Crises on Education and Health in Latin America"
Suzanne Duryea (Inter-American Development Bank)

2008 Events

7 April 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Globalization and Income Polarization in Rich Countries"
Gary Burtless, Brookings Institution
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
Please note this is a Monday
12 March 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Fair Growth: Economic Policies for Latin America's Poor and Middle Income Majority"
Augusto de la Torre, Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean, World Bank
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
5 March 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Increasing Inequality in Transition Economies: Is There More to Come?"
Ruslan Yemtsov, World Bank
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
20 February 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"What is Global Inequality and Why it Matters"
Branco Milanovic, Lead Economist - World Bank Research Department; Senior Associate - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Adjunct Professor - SAIS and University of Maryland
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
11 February 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Agriculture and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa"
Luc Christiaensen, Senior Economist, Operations and Policy Unit of the Sustainable Development Dept. (East Asia), World Bank
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
6 February 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Uneven Growth in China and India"
Martin Ravallion, Director of Research Department, World Bank
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW
30 January 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"NAFTA, Migration and Social Policy in Mexico: Are they good for the poor?"
Gerardo Esquivel - Colegio de Mexico; Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva - Chief Economist, UNDP; and John Scott - CIDE
Duques Hall, Room 251, 2201 G St., NW (entrance on 22nd St.).
23 January 2008
4:45-6:00 p.m.
"Inequality of Opportunity and Economic Development"
Francisco Ferreira, Director of the 2006 World Development Report on Inequality, World Bank.
Lindner Commons, Suite 602, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St., NW

2007

25 October 2007
6:30-7:30 p.m.
IIEP Launch Event
"Reducing Poverty in Developing Countries: MCC's Role in Globalization and Stimulating Growth"
Ambassador John J. Danilovich, CEO, Millenium Challenge Corporation
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW
14 September 2007
2:00-3:30 p.m.
"Thinking Big and Scaling Up: The BRAC Model for Poverty Alleviation"
Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson of BRAC
Harry Harding Auditorium, Room 213, The Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E St. NW

Upcoming Events

October 29 Wednesday
"The Role of Social Norms in Firm Tax Compliance: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh"
Monica Singhal (Harvard Kennedy School)
» 12:30-2:00pm
» Monroe Hall, 2115 G St.
» Economic Seminar Room (321)
October 31 Friday
November 6/7 Thursday & Friday
BASIS AMA CRSP/I4 Index Insurance Innovation Initiative
» 11/6: 12:00-5:15pm,
Marvin Center 403+405

» 11/7: 8:00am-5:15pm,
Marvin Center 310+308
November 17 Monday
Human Rights and Internet Governance
Project on Trade Agreements and Internet Governance page
» 12:00pm

Please contact iiep@gwu.edu for more information.