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Economic Growth and Global Inequality

This is a conference call hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Academic Conference Call series provides the opportunity for students across the country and around the world to participate in an interactive conversation with a CFR fellow, Foreign Affairs author, or other expert. Calls take place every other week during the fall and spring semesters and are dedicated to a wide range of international affairs and U.S. foreign policy topics. Background readings are distributed prior to each call, and the audio recording is posted online afterward.

The speaker for this conference call is A. Michael Spence, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.

For background reading, participants may want to review the following:
Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo, “How Poverty Ends: The Many Paths to Progress—and Why They Might Not Continue,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2020.
Joseph E. Stiglitz, Todd N. Tucker, and Gabriel Zucman, “The Starving State: Why Capitalism’s Salvation Depends on Taxation,” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2020.
“Inequality and Tax Rates: A Global Comparison,” Backgrounder,, March 12, 2019.
A. Michael Spence, “Beyond Employment,” Renewing America, Blog,, March 26, 2019.

This event is sponsored by the International Relations Program. For additional information, please contact 315-443-2306.

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