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Trade vs. Technology: What’s to Blame for Expanding Inequality in the U.S.?

Jno. E. Owens Memorial Conference

March 01–02, 2018 SMU and Dallas Fed

Organized by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University

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.

Agenda

Thursday, March 1: Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center, SMU

6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Welcome and Dinner
James Hollifield
Professor of Political Science and Director of the Tower Center, SMU

Cullum Clark
Lecturer and Director of the SMU Economics Center

Keynote speaker: Timothy Smeeding, Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presentation

8:00 p.m. Adjourn

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
Presentation
James Lake, Assistant Professor of Economics, SMU
Presentation
Andrea Waddle, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Richmond
Presentation
10:15 a.m. Break
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
Presentation
Aparna Mathur, Resident Scholar in Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Presentation
Noon Luncheon
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
Presentation
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

For More Information

Please contact Sharon Wallace at sharon.wallace@dal.frb.org or Karly Hanson at kdhanson@mail.smu.edu.

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