KWI- Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen
Mittwoch, 28. Oktober 19:00 Uhr - 20:30 Uhr
Prof. Sir Tony Atkinson
Käte Hamburger Lecture: „Inequality – What Can Be Done?”
Ort: Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen (Gartensaal), Goethestraße 31, 45128 Essen
Veranstalter: edition Körber-Stiftung

Domestic and global inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem—talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate—but there has been little discussion of what we can do about inequality.

According to the distinguished economist Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems.

In the 15th Käte Hamburger Lecture titled 'Inequality - What can be done?', drawing on his recently published book with the same title, Atkinson presents a set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income within and between countries. He recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded.

Sir Tony Atkinson, Centennial Professor, London School of Economics

Claus Leggewie, Director of KWI and Co-Director of Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research

Wolfram Richter, Professor for Public Economics, TU Dortmund

The Lecture is organized by the Centre for Global Cooperation Research (KHK) with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) Essen.

If you are interested in participating, please register by 22 October at