Prosperity and Equality

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Harvard Magazine
May 27, 2016
By John S. Rosenberg

In a populist election year pervaded by economic discontents—lagging middle-class incomes, rising inequality, and the purported workforce displacements caused by immigrants, globalization, and free-trade agreements—the Radcliffe Institute addressed the issues head-on. Its morning symposium, “Building an Economy for Prosperity and Equality,” featured some of the most interesting researchers addressing these problems as participants in a searching, intelligent exchange of the sort that rarely occurred in the debates televised during the primary season. (Full participant backgrounds appear at the bottom of this post; the luncheon—which will be reported in full in a separate dispatch—featured remarks by Ben S. Bernanke ’75, former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, followed by a conversation between Beren professor of economics Gregory Mankiw and Radcliffe Medalist Janet Yellen, the current Fed chair.)

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