Description of the school
Improved measures have yielded a better understanding of domestic and international patterns of inequality. But whether increased inequality undermines economic performance remains a controversial question. This school will address the most critical questions. How does inequality affect economic performance? What is the empirical evidence of these effects? What explains the declining share of the middle class? How might policy make growth more inclusive? Do the causes of inequality differ between developed and developing countries? What policies might both improve economic performance and reduce inequality?
During the school, students will also have an opportunity to present their own work and receive comments from faculty.
The ideal candidates for the School are Ph.D. students, post-doctoral fellows, and newly minted researchers in macroeconomics, finance; and the economics of organizations and institutions. People interested in participating in the Summer School are encouraged to fill in the application form on line and are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a two-page essay describing their interest on Inequality and the Changing Distribution of Income, a course transcript from their PhD program, including advanced examinations passed, two letters of recommendation, and statements about their current or projected research, along with relevant research papers, if any.
Previous courses were offered in Computable Economics (2000, Director K. Vela Velupillai), Experimental Economics (2001, Director Daniel Friedman), Adaptive Economic Processes (2002, Director Peter Howitt), Behavioral Economics (2003, Directors Daniel Friedman and David Laibson), Institutional Economics (2004, Director Richard N. Langlois), Evolutionary Economic Dynamics (2005,Directors Ken Binmore and Larry Samuelson), Agent-Based Computational Economics (2006, Directors Leigh Tesfatsion and Robert Axtell), Agent-Based Finance (2007, Directors Cars Hommes and Thomas Lux), Financial Instability and Crises (2008, Directors Domenico Delli Gatti and Mauro Gallegati), Networks and Innovation (2009, Directors John Padgett, Lee Fleming and Massimo Riccaboni), Macroeconomics and Financial Crises (2010, Directors Peter Howitt, Daniel Heymann and Axel Leijonhufvud), Evolution of Social Preferences (2011, Directors Dan Friedman and Luigi Mittone), Market Design: Theory and Pragmatics (2012, Directors Dan Friedman and David Parkes), Modularity and Design for Innovation (2013, Richard Langlois) and Financial Crises (2014, Axel Leijonhufvud and Daniel Heymann).