Trade vs. Technology: What’s to Blame for Expanding Inequality in the U.S.?
March 1, 2018 – January 10, 2019
SMU and Dallas Fed
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University organized a two-day conference on international trade, technology and income inequality to be held on the SMU campus on Thursday, March 1, 2018, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on Friday, March 2, 2018.
The purpose of the conference was to:
- Better understand the relative importance of international trade and technological change as drivers of the increased inequality in incomes and wealth that has characterized the U.S. economy in recent years.
- Discuss potential policy responses.
Thursday, March 1: Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center, SMU
|6:30 p.m.||Welcome and Dinner
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Tower Center, SMU
Keynote speaker: Timothy Smeeding, Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Friday, March 2: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
|7:30 a.m.||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 a.m.||Welcoming Remarks
Robert S. Kaplan
President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
|8:35 a.m.||Trade, Technology and Wage Inequality
Moderator: Cullum Clark
John McLaren, Professor of Economics, University of Virginia
James Lake, Assistant Professor of Economics, SMU
Andrea Waddle, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Richmond
|10:30 a.m.||Policy Panel
Moderator: Kathleen Cooper, Senior Fellow, SMU Tower Center
Kent Hughes, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and Professor of Government, University of Texas
Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar in Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Introduction: Mark Wynne, Vice President and Associate Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Keynote speaker: Richard Baldwin, Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute, Geneva