Inequality and Inclusive Growth across the United States and European Union - 5/12/2018

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Antwerp and the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy invite you to a one-day symposium on

Inequality and Inclusive Growth across the United States and European Union

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Venue: University of Antwerp,  aula M.004 (de Meerminne, St-Jacobstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp)

The symposium brings in leading scholars to share new research on the sources and consequences of rising income inequality, as well as policy strategies to achieve inclusive economic growth in the years ahead. The presentations will discuss a wide range of topics relating to inequality across the U.S. and EU, including gender inequities, labour market change, automation and technological change, wealth, social protection systems, and more.

Featured Speakers

Janet Gornick

  • The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Director, US Office of LIS
  • Director, Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality
  • Professor of Political Science and Sociology, Graduate Center - CUNY

Brian Nolan

  • University of Oxford
  • Director, Employment, Equity and Growth Programme at INET
  • Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention

John Hills

  • The London School of Economics
  • Chair, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
  • Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy

Participation is free of charge, but please register online

Have Questions? Contact Zach Parolin at

Preliminary Program

  • 9:30 AM: Welcome & Introductions – Ive Marx, University of Antwerp
  • 9:45 AM: Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries –Brian Nolan, University of Oxford
  • 10:30 AM: Decent Incomes for the Poor in Europe: What Lessons from the Past for Faster Progress in the Future?   – John Hills, London School of Economics
  • 11:15 AM: Income and Wealth Inequality in Affluent Countries:  Levels, Trends, and Implications for the Middle Class – Janet Gornick, CUNY Graduate Center and LIS, the Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg

12:15 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM: Panel Discussion – Future Directions for Policy & Research on Inequality & Inclusive Growth

  • Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp
  • Wim Van Lancker, KU Leuven
  • Janet Gornick, CUNY Graduate Center and LIS
  • Brian Nolan, University of Oxford
  • John Hills, London School of Economics
  • Zachary Parolin (Moderator), University of Antwerp

2:00 PM: Q&A with the public
2:30 PM: Conclusion