Inequality and equity are back in the spotlight.
The debate over growing socioeconomic disparities and their implications for political stability and sustainable growth has spread beyond academic seminars to the streets and blogosphere, and captured the imagination of popular media as well as the concern of senior policy makers.
From Arab youth clamoring for better job opportunities and Chilean students protesting for university education accessible to all, to Occupy Wall Street, popular demonstrations of frustration with the status quo demand that governments and international organizations pay more attention to equity, social exclusion, and democracy.
2012 World Bank Conference on Equity aims to promote cutting edge policy analysis among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. It will take place on June 27th and 28th, 2012, at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The overarching theme of the conference is “Inequality of What? Outcomes, Opportunities and Fairness”.
The conference will feature both invited and submitted papers. Keynote speakers will include James Foster (George Washington University) and John Roemer (Yale University).
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