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What does inequality mean in Canada: 99% of us want to know, April 15

April 15, 2015
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SFU Public Square presents, in partnership with SFU Economics and SFU School of Public Policy, What does inequality mean in Canada: 99% of us want to know. Join us for this important conversation on April 15.

Income inequality is on the minds of many.  We wonder whether “the 1%” of modern society are really different from the aristocracy of the past, and whether the future will be even more unequal.  And we wonder what we can do about it.

Thomas Piketty's 2014 book Capital in the 21st Century became a best seller by changing the terms of the debate over inequality, claiming that rising inequality is the natural state of capitalism, and that the 21st century will be ruled by dynasties based on inherited wealth.

Two economics experts on inequality in Canada will express their views on what Piketty has to offer, whether his arguments are relevant to Canada, and what we ought to do about it.  Brian Krauth and Krishna Pendakur, SFU Economics Professors, will present some data and their interpretation. After a short talk, Iglika Ivanova, a Senior Economist and Public Interest Researcher with the BC Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, will moderate an open discussion.

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1400

Cost: Free but registration is required

For more information on this event, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/upcoming-events/inequality-in-canada.html