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Conference on Public Economics of Inequality – June 16-17, 2014, Berlin


June 16th

1:00 pm

Entrance hall

Registration and Lunch (optional)

2:00 pm



Giacomo Corneo, Freie Universitaet Berlin

Keynote Lecture

John Roemer, Yale University

“Microfoundations for cooperative behavior”

3:00 pm

Taxes and Transfers

  • Rolf Aaberge, Statistics Norway
    “The Median as Watershed”
    Discussant: Timm Bönke, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Erwin Ooghe, KULeuven
    “Fair and efficient taxation under partial control”
    Discussant: Tobias König, Humboldt University of Berlin, WZB
  • Xavier Jara, University of Essex/ISER
    “The Implications of an EMU Unemployment Insurance Scheme for Supporting Incomes”
    Discussant: Saša Randjelovic, University of Belgrade

4:30 pm

Coffee break

5:00 pm

Mobility at the Top

  • Elise Brezis, Bar-Ilan University
    “Social Mobility at the Top: Why are Elites Self-Reproducing”
    Discussant: Guido Neidhöfer, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Katharina Jenderny, Freie Universitaet Berlin
    “Mobility of Top Incomes in Germany”
    Discussant: Christoph Schinke, ifo Institute Munich

6:00 pm

Keynote Lecture

Giacomo Corneo, Freie Universitaet Berlin

“Income Inequality from a Lifetime Perspective”

7:30 pm

Conference Dinner



June 17th

9:00 am

Measuring mobility and inequality

  • Jacques Silber, Bar-Ilan University, CEPS/INSTEAD
    “On the Measurement of Multi-Period Income Mobility”
    Discussant: Katharina Jenderny, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Iryna Kyzyma, CEPS/INSTEAD
    “Accounting for Changes in the Distribution of Household Income by its Sources”
    Discussant: Robin Jessen, Freie Universitaet Berlin
  • Ben Etheridge, University of Essex
    “Why are households that report the lowest incomes so well-off?”
    Discussant: Anita Tiefensee, Hertie School of Governance

10:30 am

Coffee break

11:00 am

Equality of Opportunity

  • Francesco Andreoli, University of Verona, CEPS/INSTEAD
    “Equalization of Opportunity: Definitions and Implementable Conditions”
    Discussant: Felix Weinhardt, Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Vito Peragine, University of Bari
    “Opportunity-Sensitive Poverty Measurement”
    Discussant: Carsten Schröder, Freie Universitaet Berlin, DIW

12:00 am

Keynote Lecture

John Weymark, Vanderbilt University

“Citizen Candidates and Voting Over Incentive-Compatible Nonlinear Income Tax Schedules”

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

Status and Preferences

  • Sugata Marjit, CSSSC Calcutta
    “Does Inequality Affect the Consumption Patterns of the Poor? – The Role of Status Seeking Behavior”
    Discussant: Kevin Spiritus, KU Leuven
  • Ed Hopkins, University of Edinburgh
    “Inequality and Risk-Taking Behaviour”
    Discussant: David Klenert, PIK
  • Michele Bernasconi, Università di Venezia
    “Do We Value Mobility?”
    Discussant: Wilfried Altzinger, Vienna University of Economics and Business
  • Carina Engelhardt, University of Hannover
    “Biased Perceptions of Income Inequality and Redistribution”
    Discussant: Frank Neher, Freie Universitaet Berlin

4:00 pm

Coffee break

4:30 pm

Poverty and Growth

  • Sebastian Böhm, University of Leipzig
    “The Trickle-Down Growth Hypothesis Revisited: Publicly Financed Higher Education versus Redistributive Transfers”
    Discussant: Yasuhiro Nakamoto, Kyushu Sangyo University
  • Mario Negre, German Development Institute, World Bank
    “Concepts and Operationalisation of Pro-Poor Growth”
    Discussant: Nadia von Jacobi, University of Pavia
  • Humberto Llavador, University Pompeu Fabra
    “North-South Convergence and the Allocation of CO2 Emissions”
    Discussant: Gregor Schwerhoff, PIK

6:00 pm


Giacomo Corneo, Freie Universitaet Berlin

6:30 pm

Dinner (optional)