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The Great Polarization
Economics, Institutions and Policies in the Age of Inequality

A conference sponsored by the Department of Economics at the University of Utah

September 27-29, 2018

Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons
260 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112


joseph stiglitz

Keynote Address

Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate

America's Growing Inequality: Causes and Remedies

Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 PM
Gardner Commons | Siciliano Auditorium

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers.

Watch Stiglitz's address


marion crain

Friday Evening Keynote

Marion Crain

Friday, September 28 at 6:00 PM
Alumni House | Grand Ballroom 
(by invitation only)

Marion Crain, an expert in labor and employment law, is Vice Provost for Washington University and the Wiley B. Rutledge Professor of Law. She holds joint appointments (by courtesy) with the Brown School of Social Work and the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Her scholarship examines the relationships among gender, work, and class status with a particular emphasis on collective action, labor relations and social movements.


Watch Friday evening's address



invited speakers

dean baker

Dean Baker

gina cornia

Gina Cornia

Utahns Against Hunger

gerard dumenil

Gerard Duménil

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

susan dynarski

Susan Dynarski

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

senator luz escamilla

Senator Luz Escamilla

Utah State Senate

thomas ferguson

Thomas Ferguson

Institute for New Economic Thinking

darrick hamilton

Darrick Hamilton

Milano School of International Affairs
The New School for Social Research

josh kanter

Josh Kanter

Alliance for a Better Utah

lawrence mishel

Lawrence Mishel

Economic Policy Institute, DC

julia ott

Julia Ott

Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
The New School for Social Research

stephanie seguino

Stephanie Seguino

tim smeeding

Tim Smeeding

Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Madison







7:00-8:30 pm | Keynote address


9:00-12:30 pm | Plenary sessions
12:30-2:00 pm | Lunch
2:00-5:30 pm | Plenary sessions
6:00 pm | Dinner and Keynote (invitation only)


9:00-11:45 am | Plenary sessions
11:45-12:45 pm | Lunch and closing mixer




Thank you to our co-sponsors

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Last Updated: 11/15/22