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International Inequalities Institute Annual Conference 2016

An international gathering to discuss inequality held at Friends House, London.

Harriet’s Legacy: Navigating Intersectionality in the Age of Post-Racialism


  • Prof Kimberlé Crenshaw (UCLA and Columbia School of Law)
  • Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE)
  • Prof Kim Weeden (Cornell Univ)

Income and wealth inequality: what do we learn from multiple data sources?


  • Prof Stephen Jenkins (LSE)
  • Dr Facundo Alvaredo (Paris School of Economics and Oxford University)

Presentations by PhD students from the III with Thomas Piketty and Prof Mike Savage

  • Katharina Hecht: Social comparisons and perceptions of top incomes and wealth
  • Sutanuka Roy: Education and caste in India: an experiment 
  • Rebecca Simson: Public employment and inequality in Kenya and Tanzania since Independence

New reflections about inequality & capital in the 21st century


  • Prof Thomas Piketty (LSE Visiting Professor, Paris HSE)
  • Discussants: Prof Murray Leibbrandt (University of Cape Town)
  • Prof Catherine Boone (LSE)

Taxing the rich

Speaker: Prof John Hills (LSE International Inequalities Institute)


  • Deborah Hargreaves (High Pay Centre)
  • Prof David Soskice (LSE)




Dr. Facundo Alvaredo

Dr. Facundo Alvaredo (Paris School of Economics) is Senior Research Fellow at the Paris School of Economics, and at EEG-Department of Social Policy, Oxford University. He is Co-Director of The World Wealth and Income Database (formerly The World Top Incomes Database), and Associate Member of Nuffield College.

Catherine Boone

Prof Catherine Boone (LSE) joined the LSE as Professor of Comparative Politics in 2013. She holds a BA from the University of California, and Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Boone is currently serving on the steering committee of the American Political Science Association's Africa Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Council's African Peacebuilding Network, as well as numerous editorial boards.


Prof Craig Calhoun (Director, LSE) is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Follow on Twitter: @craigjcalhoun

Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti was Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) from 2003 to 2016. She was born in London and studied Law at LSE. She is Chancellor of Essex University and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She is the author of On Liberty, published in 2014.


Professor Frank Cowell (LSE) is Undergraduate Programme Director at the LSE Department of Economics and Public Economics Programme Co-Director at STICERD (The Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines). His research interests focus on income and wealth distribution, inequality and poverty, and taxation. His co-authored works include 'Measurement of Inequality' and 'Thinking about Inequality'.


Prof Kimberlé Crenshaw (Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School) is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, racism and the law. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, Stanford Law Review and Southern California Law Review. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement.
Follow on Twitter: @sandylocks

Duncan Green

Dr Duncan Green (Oxfam) is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He is author of How Change Happens and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World.  Follow on Twitter: @fp2p 


Deborah Hargreaves was founding director of the High Pay Centre from 2011-2015, an independent think tank dedicated to researching top remuneration and pay gaps. Before that she led the High Pay Commission - a year- long inquiry into executive remuneration.She is a former business editor of the Guardian and worked at the Financial Times for 19 years where she held a variety of roles including news editor and financial editor.

Katharina Hecht

Katharina Hecht (Masterclass student) is a third year doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at LSE. Her main research interests relate to income and wealth inequality, particularly at the top of the distribution, and inequalities of social class, gender and ethnicity. Her PhD thesis investigates top incomes and wealth in the UK and how they are perceived by individuals situated at the top end of the income distribution.

Stephen Jenkins

Professor Stephen Jenkins (LSE) is Professor of Economic and Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy. His research interests are applied micro-economics with particular reference to the distribution of income and its redistribution through taxation, social security and the labour market. Including inequality and poverty measurement, income mobility and poverty dynamics, modelling labour supply, and social security benefit spell durations.


Prof Nicola Lacey (LSE) is School Professor of Law, Gender and Social Policy, attached to the Departments of Law and Social Policy and to the Gender Institute. She is an Honorary Fellow of New College Oxford and of University College Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2011, she was awarded the Hans Sigrist Prize by the University of Bern for outstanding scholarship on the function of the rule of law in late modern societies.


Prof Murray Leibbrandt (University of Cape Town) is a Professor in the School of Economics at UCT and the Director of the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit. He holds the DSD/NRF National Research Chair of Poverty and Inequality Research and is an IZA Research Fellow. His research focusses on South African poverty‚ inequality and labour market dynamics using survey data and‚ in particular‚ panel data. Follow on Twitter: @MurrayLeibbrand


Phumeza Mlungwana (Social Justice Coalition) is currently the General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition – one of the growing social movements in South Africa. She is an Alumnus of the Building Bridges Programme within the Graduate School of development in Policy and Practice in University of Cape Town. Phumeza serves as a trustee in two boards at Ndifuna Ukwazi and KYCC. Her academic background is in Social Sciences.


Prof Thomas Piketty (LSE Centennial Professor, International Inequalities Institute) Thomas Piketty is Professor at EHESS and at the Paris School of Economics and LSE Centennial Professor, International Inequalities Institute. He is the author of numerous articles published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies, and of a dozen books.


Sutanuka Roy (Masterclass student)  is a PhD student of Economics supervised by Prof. Tim Besley and co-advised by Prof. Ghatak and Prof. Tarozzi (from UPF). She is currently working on RCT design to both examine primary source of disadvantage that reduces returns to education of students from different social backgrounds and to disentangle mechanisms by which AA incentive can reduce inequality in returns to education


Professor Mike Savage (LSE) is Head of the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the III. Professor Savage has long standing interest in social stratification and inequality and developing sociological analyses of the rich and powerful. 

Follow on Twitter: @MikeSav47032563

David Soskice

Professor David Soskice (LSE) is Professor of Political Science and Economics in the LSE Department of Government and the co-author of the 2001 book Varieties of Capitalism with the Harvard professor, Peter A.Hall. Soskice has lectured at University College Oxford and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell and Duke University.

Rebecca Simson

Rebecca Simson  (Masterclass student) is a third year PhD candidate in the Department of Economic History. Her thesis examines the impact of public employment and pay on labour markets in postcolonial Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Prior to studying at LSE she worked in the international development field, primarily on public sector reform and economic management issues.


Prof David Stasavage (New York University) is Julius Silver Professor of Politics and Chair of the Department of Politics at New York University. He is the author of Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe and States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities. He was previously a Visiting Professor at the Sciences-Po Department of Economics and Senior Lecturer at the LSE. Follow on Twitter @stasavage

Kim Weeden

Professor Kim Weeden (Cornell University) is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, where she also serves as the Robert S. Harrison Director of the Institute for the Social Sciences and the Director of the Center for the Study of Inequality. She studies income inequality, gender, social class, and education. Follow on Twitter: @WeedenKim


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