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This transatlantic workshop brings together scholars exploring patterns and drivers of income inequality in post-industrial societies. Broadly speaking, the papers follow two lines of investigation: What shapes people’s preferences with regard to social policy and party support; and what kinds of political conditions and policies result in more or less income inequality? Among the factors that shape preferences, the authors consider income and income expectations, risk perceptions, perceptions of institutional quality, and density of immigrants in the community. The authors who investigate the impact of politics and policies on inequality focus on economic liberalization, partisanship, taxation, labor market institutions, welfare states, state capacity, enfranchisement, and growth models. The unifying concern is to understand better the reasons for differences in inequality between countries and for changes in inequality over time.

The workshop will take place on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill on October 7-8, 2022.


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Friday, October 7, 2022

12:00pm – Lunch

Session I

October 7 | 1:30–3:30pm

Chair: Evelyne Huber (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Giving with One Hand and Taking with the Other? Partisanship, Regressive Taxation and Welfare States Revisited 
Joe Ganderson (London School of Economics and Political Science), Hanna Kleider (King’s College London) & Julian Limberg (King’s College London)

Discussant: Stephanie Moller (UNC-Charlotte)

Income Inequality and Redistribution in Multilevel Perspective
Kaitlin Alper (University of Southern Denmark)

Discussant: Gary Marks (UNC)

3:35pm – Coffee Break

Session II

October 7 | 3:45–5:45pm

Chair: Gary Marks (UNC)

Challenging Inequality: Conclusion
Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Discussant: Arne Kalleberg (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Liberalization and income inequality: A comparative analysis (1974-2013)
Klaus Armingeon (University of Zurich) and David Weisstanner (Aarhus University)

Discussant: Bilyana Petrova (Texas Tech University)

Saturday, October 8, 2022

9:00am – Coffee & Pastries

Session III

October 8 | 9:30am–12:30pm

Chair: Liesbet Hooghe (UNC)

Ideology, Party System Institutionalization, and Redistribution in Post-Communist Europe
Bilyana Petrova (Texas Tech University)

Discussant: Kaitlin Alper (University of Southern Denmark)

Income, Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Outcomes in Industrialised Democracies 
Verena Fetscher and David Rueda (Oxford University)

Discussant: David Brady (UC-Riverside)

Digitalization or green transition? Varyîng effects on risk perceptions and social policy preferences
Marius Busemeyer (University of Konstanz, Germany)

Discussant: Pablo Beramendi (Duke University)

12:30pm – Lunch

Session IV

October 8 | 1:30–3:30pm

Chair: Stephanie Moller (UNC-Charlotte)

Persistent Inequality: Mobility and Intergenerational Redistribution 
Ben Ansell (University of Oxford), Pablo Beramendi (Duke University), Laure Bokobza (Behavioural Insights Unit), Asli Cansunar (University of Washington)

Discussant: Evelyne Huber (UNC)

Profits, R&D and Inequality in the Nordic “Knowledge Economies”
Mark Schwartz (University of Virginia)

Discussant: John Stephens (UNC)

3:35pm – Coffee Break

Session V

October 8 | 3:45–5:45pm

Chair: John Stephens (UNC)

Income Expectations and Left Party Support in Germany, 1984-2019
David Rueda (Oxford University) and Daniel Stegmueller (Duke University)

Discussant: David Weisstanner (Aarhus University)

The Social Consequences of the Increase in Refugees to Germany
Marco Giesselmann (University of Zurich), David Brady (University of California-Riverside and WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and Tabea Naujoks (Hertie School & Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Discussant: Marius Busemeyer (University of Constance)

The Inequality Workshop is hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by John D. Stephens and Evelyne Huber.

This workshop is funded by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies.

Meeting location: Global Education Center room 4003, 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill NC 27516

This event is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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