October 25, 2013

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Workshop on The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality

November 1-2, 2013 | UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center 4003

Rising socio-economic inequality is a common trend across advanced industrial democracies and its causes and consequences are still poorly understood. Certainly, the recent economic crisis has exacerbated the trend, in particular in countries most affected by the crisis, but the increase set in much earlier in the 1980s and even before. Nor is this trend simply explained by a return to markets because there has not been large-scale retrenchment of established welfare states. In economics the rise in inequality has been explained by the interaction between skill-biased technological change and the relative decline in the supply of high-skilled workers. The purpose of contributions to this workshop is to question and “contextualize” this narrow economic perspective by bringing together cutting-edge research on the causes and consequences of inequality in the fields of comparative political economy and economic sociology.

SERThe workshop addresses three broad issues: 1) the role of socio-economic institutions, in particular skill formation and collective wage bargaining institutions that influence the quantity and quality of skill supply, as well as the demand for skilled workers; 2) the role of policy-makers and organized interests in the design of institutions such as the skill formation system, collective wage bargaining institutions, and social policies, and 3) the consequences of rising inequality on the distribution of life chances and opportunities for political participation and engagement.

More information about the workshop, including the agenda and details regarding access to paper are available at The Political Economy of Skills and Inequality.

The conference is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. To register, please send a note to Stephanie Volk stating the sessions you wish to attend.

See a reference listing more than 50 past CES conferences and workshops in the Research section of our site.


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