Past Event

The Welfare State and the Fight Against Inequality

November 8, 2015 - November 10, 2015
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International Affairs Building, Room 1501

The issue of inequality has moved to the top of the policy agenda around the world. Many see the Welfare State, the most important bulwark against the increase in inequality, as under threat. What do we see as the pillars of the 21st Century welfare state? How should the 21st century welfare state differ from that of the 20th Century? What are the contrasting experiences in Latin America, Europe, and the United States?

Speakers include: Yann Algan, Sciences Po; Torben Andersen, Aarhus University; Heather Boushey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth; Bernt Bratsberg, University of Oslo; Teresa Ghilarducci, New School; Stephany Griffith-Jones, Columbia University; Jody Heymann, UCLA; Hilary Hoynes, UC, Berkeley; Markus Jantti, Stockholm University; Arjun Jayadev, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University; Santiago Levy, Inter-American Development Bank; Peter Lindert, UC, Davis; Nora Lustig, Tulane University; Erzo Luttmer, University of Minnesota; Kalle Moene, University of Oslo; Suresh Naidu, Columbia University; Akbar Noman, Columbia University; Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University; Isabel Ortiz, ILO; Sandra Polaski, ILO; Helena Ribe, Pro-Mujer International; Ana Sojo, ECLAC; Ernst Stetter, Foundation for European Progressive Studies; Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University; Jan Svejnar, Columbia University; Andras Uthoff, University of Chile; and Gunnar Wetterberg.

Conference Program
Conference Minutes

Sunday, November 8, 2015

1:15-1:30: Opening and Welcome

Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, and Chief Economist and Senior Fellow, Roosevelt Institute

1:30-3:00: Session I: Dreams and Nightmares: A General Theory of an Egalitarian Social Model Session I Materials

3:00-4:30: Session II: Setting the scene:  From the 19th to the 21st Century Welfare State: Broader Mandates, More Instruments, Greater Challenges Session II Materials

4:30-4:45: Break

4:45-6:15: Session III: The Welfare Model: Western Europe vs. US
Session III Materials

Monday, November 9, 2015

9:00-10:30: Session IV: The Welfare Model in Europe: Scandinavian countries
Session IV Materials

10:30-12:00: Session V: The Welfare Model in Latin America Session V Materials

12:00 -1:00: Break for Lunch                    

1:00-2:30: Session VI: Going beyond: Facilitating work and protecting families and children
Session VI Materials         

2:30-2:45: Break  

2:45-4:15: Session VII: Innovations in Social Protection and Protecting the Older Persons
Session VII Materials

4:15-5:00: The Construction of a 21st Century Welfare State  

Wrapping Up and Next Steps:

Final Observations from the Conference Co-chairs

Joseph Stiglitz (IPD)

Jan Svejnar (CGEG)

Jose Antonio Ocampo (IPD)

Kalle Moene (Norway)

Sandra Polaski (ILO)

In collaboration with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, the Center on Global Economic Governance at Columbia SIPA, the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance at the University of Oslo, the International Labor Organization, and the Roosevelt Institute.

Additionally supported by the Ford Foundation, the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.

Registration for this event is required and open to Columbia University students only.

Contact Information

Theresa Murphy