What’s wrong with inequality?


This event, hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies will present and discuss new work undertaken for the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities.

When should inequalities in society be of ethical concern, and a target of public policy, and why? Which inequalities do people find most and least worrisome in the UK, and which do people relate to most closely from their personal experience? How do people differ in the way they think about the fairness of inequality and the role of government in tackling it? To what extent do people disagree about the facts of how substantial inequalities are and the reasons that they have arisen? Can their minds be changed by presenting them with new information?

These will be among the questions discussed as we present new work undertaken for the ground-breaking IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. We examine people’s attitudes towards inequalities and how these fit with different traditions of philosophical thought on the topic.  These will be the first of many detailed studies from the Review to be released over the coming months.

This event will be chaired by Paul Johnson, IFS Director, and will feature talks by:

Sir Angus Deaton, Princeton University;

Bobby Duffy, The Policy Institute, King’s College London;

Debra Satz, Stanford University; and

Stefanie Stantcheva, Harvard University.

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