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Exploring Inequality


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The McLane Teammates Reading Program will again operate concurrently at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Baylor University, the University of Central Arkansas, and Angelo State University during the fall 2020 semester. Each group will discuss the same set of readings.

The theme for the fall 2020 program is Exploring Inequality. Inequality is frequently said to be a growing problem that needs to be addressed. Students will read and discuss works on this issue from a variety of perspectives. Authors will include Milton Friedman, Joseph Stiglitz, Tyler Cowen, and Paul Krugman.

Discussions will address questions such as:

  • What do people mean by the term "inequality"?
  • How do you measure inequality?
  • Does the measure of inequality change substantially over time?
  • What can (and should) public policy do to address issues with inequality?
  • What other solutions are there to confront the problem of inequality?

Program participants will explore these questions and more.

On October 15-16, 2020, the O'Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at SMU will host a summit meeting with participants from each program. The summit meeting will feature group discussions and formal remarks from Tyler Cowen, Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University. The program schedule will include selected readings authored by Prof. Cowen.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion will be posted on this page as soon as that information becomes available.

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138.

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