Inequality in Canada: Driving forces, outcomes and policy

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24 Feb 2014 - 12:00am to 25 Feb 2014 - 12:00am
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Income inequality has been at the forefront of public debate in Canada for quite some time and, according to recent evidence, it continues to rise. Yet there remains much to be learned about the rapidly changing labour market and earnings dynamics underlying this trend, as well as how these might evolve. To determine which policy approaches would be most effective in counteracting growing inequality while promoting economic growth, we need to better understand the forces at play.

This two-day conference is part of a joint research initiative by the Institute for Research on Public Policy and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network to provide new evidence on the causes and effects of growing income inequality in Canada, assess past and present policies and propose directions for the future. It will bring leading researchers in the field together with policy-makers and other stakeholders to inform and contribute to the debate on this issue of central importance to Canadian society.

The keynote speaker will be David Autor from MIT. Currently a visiting professor at Harvard University, David has written extensively on earnings inequality and the labour market impacts of technological change and globalization.

While participation in this conference is open to all, the number of spaces is limited. We encourage you to register early.