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

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.




Wed, 15 Apr 2015 7:00 PM


Room 1400
Harbour Centre
SFU's Vancouver Campus
515 West Hastings Street


Event is FREE, but registration is required.



Brian Krauth

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Simon Fraser University. My research falls in the category of applied microeconomics, and includes work on youth smoking, academic outcomes in Canadian schools, methods for measuring peer influence on behavior, and methods for sensitivity analysis. I teach econometrics, macroeconomics, and labor economics. I am affiliated with the Center for Education Research and Policy.

Krishna Pendakur

I am interested in three major areas of empirical research:  (1) the measurement of well-being, poverty, discrimination and economic inequality; (2) the estimation of consumer demand; (3) semi-parametric and non-parametric econometrics.  These three strands of research dovetail nicely with my overall agenda of trying to make life better for poor people by better documenting the trials they face in economic life.  My life-goals are sort of "old lefty": help the poor, redistribute income, create a society where everyone has the chance to be happy.

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