UCL Institute of the Americas


Lecture: Inequality in the Americas: An International Perspective

07 October 2015, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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UCL Institute of the Americas


UCL Institute of the Americas - 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

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Andres Solimano (International Center for Globalization and Development, Santiago de Chile) - Chaired by Prof Maxine Molyneux (UCL Americas) - The presentation will provide recent empirical evidence on inequality in the US, Canada and Latin America (Gini coefficients, top 1 percent shares, top 10 percent) and discuss trends and evolution comparing the Americas with Europe, OECD and main emerging markets. The presentation will highlight the role of taxation systems, wage formation, globalization, wealth concentration and other factors including relevant features of economic elites, the  middle class and working class in the making of social inequality.

Andres Solimano holds a PH.D in Economics from MIT and is Founder and President of the International Center for Globalization and Development in Santiago, Chile. He was Country Director at the World Bank and Executive Director at the InterAmerican Development Bank and Regional Advisor at UN-ECLAC. His most recent books include Economic Elites, Crisis and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2014); Elites Economicas, Crisis y el Capitalismo del Siglo 21 (Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2015); Chile and the Neoliberal Trap (Cambridge University Press, 2012).