International Workshop: "Inequalities and Preference for Redistribution" - 18 & 19 March 2019 in Paris

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March 18, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Economic History / Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, Japanese History / Studies

The Fondation France-Japon de l'EHESS is pleased to invite you to the international workshop held in Paris with the support of the Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program and the JSPS Kakenhi Program:

Inequalities and Preference for Redistribution

18 & 19 March 2019

Paris School of Economics (48 bd Jourdan, 75014 Paris)
Room R2-21, 2nd floor 

Inequalities have increased over the last thirty years. However, this increase has not been the same in every country. Moreover, the perception of these inequalities differs across countries in a paradoxical way: concern about inequality is the largest in Europe, where it has been actually slighter. Differences between actual inequalities and their perception could be explained by a difference of values in the three regions of study, USA, Europe and Japan. Does the perception of inequalities matter more than the objective determinants of inequalities as it leads to different forms of redistribution?

Session I: Inequalities and Preference for Redistribution: Beyond the Transatlantic Perspective

With: Ryo Kambayashi (Hitotsubashi University), Sébastien Lechevalier (EHESS) & Thanasak Jenmana (Paris School of Economics); Henning Finseraas (Institute for Social Research); Sayaka Sakoda (Doshisha University) & Toshiaki Tachibanaki (Kyoto Women’s University)

Keynote Speech: Alberto Alesina (Harvard University): "Intergenerational Mobility and Preferences for Redistribution: a Transatlantic Perspective" 

Session II: Exploring the Determinants of the Preference for Redistribution: Immigration, Fairness Norms and Education

With: Sabina Avdagic (University of Sussex); Soo Kyeong Hwang (Korea Development Institute); Kunio Urakawa (Kyushu University)

Keynote Speech: Thomas Piketty (Paris School of Economics): "Brahmin Left vs Merchant Right: Rising Inequality and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict"

Session III: Inequalities and Political Cleavages

With: Andrew Clark (Paris School of Economics) & Conchita D'Ambrosio (University of Luxembourg); Paul Marx (University of Duisburg Essen); Amory Gethin (Paris School of Economics) & Clara Martinez-Toledano (Paris School of Economics)

Keynote Speech: Christina Fong (Carnegie Mellon University): "Redistributive Politics with Target-Specific Beliefs" 

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