Inequality versus economic growth

Date 12:00 PM 19 May 2016 - 13:15 PM 19 May 2016
Location 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room

Presenter: Tony Ward and Barry Pullen

Research & Policy Centre lunchtime seminar

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You are invited to the next Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar on Thursday 19 May. All are welcome to attend this seminar and there is no cost involved.

Recent increases in inequality have caused widespread concern. A counter argument from some quarters is that too strong action on inequality can retard growth. What is the evidence on inequality and economic growth? The Post-Piketty reading group at the Brotherhood has looked at recent literature around this question. This seminar will present its findings and contested opinions. The author, Tony Ward, will present a summary of the review and other members will join in with additional comment. Barry Pullen will introduce the session. Robust contributions from attendees will be encouraged.

Tony Ward is a research fellow in History at the University of Melbourne. He published Sport in Australian National Identity (Routledge) in 2010. He has written widely in social economics and economic history, including on the costs of asylum seeker policies and in articles such as 'The start of Australian Rules: Creation of a Dominant Sport' (May 2014). He has contributed several pieces to The Conversation website – the most-read being: 'How Advance Australia Fair Waltzed with Matilda and won' (January 2014). 

Barry Pullen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and was previously Minister of Housing, Education and Training and Conservation and Environment in the Cain and Kirner Governments.


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