Colloquium on High-End Inequality

Fall 2016
High-End Inequality Colloquium
Tuesday, 4:00-5:50 p.m., Vanderbilt Hall-202
Professor Daniel Shaviro and Professor Robert Frank

The Colloquium offers students the opportunity to examine the issues raised by high-end inequality at an advanced level. The primary focus of the Colloquium will be papers and works in progress by leading scholars, including NYU faculty. Students attend the afternoon Colloquium and participate in its discussions. In addition, each week the morning seminar component examines the paper scheduled for presentation at the Colloquium, including background issues that may help in understanding it. Students must prepare a short comment paper in 3 of the 7 weeks focusing on the upcoming paper, make a short in-class presentation on one of the papers, and submit to the conveners of the Colloquium a proposed question for the author in each week (after Week 1) when they are not submitting a comment paper or making an oral presentation.

Daniel Shaviro
Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation
New York University
School of Law
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Telephone: (212) 998-6187
Fax: (212) 995-4341


October 24
Robert Frank, Cornell University
(1) Why Has Inequality Been Growing? (2) Why Luck Matters More than You Might Think, (3) Does Inequality Matter?, (4) Why Have Weddings and houses gotten so ridiculously expensive? Blame inequality, and (5) The Progressive Consumption Tax: Guest commentator: K. Anthony Appiah, NYU Philosophy Department.

October 31
Kate Pickett, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
(1) Income Inequality and Health: A Casual Review
(2) The Enemy Between Us: The Psychological and Social Costs of Inequality (both co-authored by Richard Wilkinson).

November 7
Ilyana Kuziemko, Princeton University Economics Department
Support for Redistribution in an Age of Rising Inequality: New Stylized Facts and Some Tentative
Explanations (co-authored by Vivekinan Ashok and Ebonya Washington).

November 14
Alan Viard, American Enterprise Institute
Progressive Consumption Taxation: The X Tax Revisited (chapters 1-3) (co-authored by Robert Carroll)

November 21
Daniel Shaviro, NYU Law School
The Mapmaker's Dilemma in Evaluating High-End Inequality
Guest commentator: Liam Murphy, NYU Law School

November 28
Adair Morse, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley
Trickle-Down Consumption (co-authored by Marianne Bertrand)

December 5
Daniel Markovits, Yale Law School
Meritocracy and Its Discontents