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Annual Schwartz Lecture: Economists Debate Inequality

Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA)

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Annual Schwartz Lecture: Economists Debate Inequality

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inequalityThis event is now closed. You can watch it live online on The New School's Livestream channel and join the conversation on twitter using #gordonecon.

The video will be hosted on our website at www.economicpolicyresearch.org

SCEPA is honored to welcome Robert L. Gordon, distinguished economist from Northwestern University and brother of SCEPA founder David Gordon, to present our annual Irene & Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture. 

Professor Gordon has rocked the economics profession and employment policy debates at the highest levels with his recent – and controversial - work predicting an end to economic growth as we know it. As he says, "Our best days may be behind us.” He debated his theory in a recent TED talk and was featured in New York Magazine, where he is described as a "declinist and an accidental social theorist." 

Gordon’s theory rests on the shrinking impact of innovation due to the “headwinds” of debt, demographic change, diminishing educational returns, and inequality. Focusing on inequality, Gordon will compare his own policy recommendations with those put forward by his brother in his book, Fat and Mean.  

New School economists David Howell, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Anwar Shaikh, Professor of Economics, will join Gordon in a debate on whether and how to address inequality. 


Robert J. Gordon, Stanley G. Harris Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Economics,

Northwestern University

David Howell, Professor of Economics and Public Policy , The New School for Public Engagement

Anwar Shaikh, Professor of economics at The New School for Social Research


Teresa Ghilarducci, Chair of the Economics Department at The New School for Social Research, and Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis 

The event will be streamed live on The New School's Livestream channel. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by using #gordonecon. 

Biography of Robert J. Gordon

Robert J. Gordon did his undergraduate work at Harvard and then attended Oxford University in England on a Marshall Scholarship. He received his Ph.D. in 1967 at M.I.T. and taught at Harvard and the University of Chicago before coming to Northwestern in 1973, where he has taught for more than 35 years and was chair of the Department of Economics from 1992 to 1996.

Professor Gordon is one of the world's leading experts on inflation, unemployment, productivity growth, and income inequality. His recent work on the rise and fall of the New Economy, the U. S. productivity growth revival, the recent stalling of European productivity growth, and the widening of U. S. income inequality, have been widely cited. He is the author of The Measurement of Durable Goods Prices, which has become known as the definitive work showing that government price indexes substantially overstate the rate of inflation. His book of collected essays, Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment, was published in 2004. He is editor of Milton Friedman’s Monetary Framework: A Debate with His Critics, The American Business Cycle, and The Economics of New Goods. In addition he is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and more than 60 published comments on the research of others. In addition to his main field of macroeconomics, he is also a frequently quoted expert and author on the airline industry, and is the founder and president of an internet chat group on airline management.

Gordon is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London) and of the Observatoire Français des Conjunctures Economiques (OFCE, Paris). In addition he is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Econometric Society. He has served as the co-editor of the Journal of Political Economy, as an elected member of the American Economic Association, and for thirty years as the Treasurer of the Econometric Society. He serves currently on the economic advisory panels of the Congressional Budget Office and the Bureau of Economic Analysis. He has served as a member of the quadrennial Technical Panel on Assumptions and Methods of the Social Security Administration in 2003 and again in 2006-07, and on the national “Boskin Commission” in 1995-96 to assess the accuracy of the U. S. Consumer Price Index.

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The New School, Wolff Conference Room, Room 1103
6 E 16th St
New York, NY 10003

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) works to bring reality into conventional economics. An economic policy think tank within The New School's Department of Economics, we provide scholars, non-profits, and government officials with research on key policy issues. 

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