Call for Papers: Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar Inequality and Public Policy

June 4-5, 2018: London, England

Income inequality has increased in both the U.S. and the U.K. in the last three decades, generating new interest in the factors that contribute to inequality and the consequences of policies that might affect it. To provide new insights on the broad topic of inequality and public policy, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), jointly with the Suntory and Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) at the London School of Economics (LSE), will sponsor the 2018 Trans-Atlantic Public Economics Seminar at the LSE. The program, to be organized by Camille Landais and Johannes Spinnewijn of LSE and Hilary Hoynes of the University of California, Berkeley and NBER, will consist of about twelve papers. Papers from the conference will be considered for a special issue of the Journal of Public Economics, subject to the normal refereeing process.

The conference organizers welcome submissions on any topic related to the general theme of “Inequality and Public Policy,” including but not limited to:

  • The impact of taxes, social insurance, and social safety net programs on measured inequality and household behavior;
  • The role of labor market institutions, such as unionization, minimum wages, and the size of the informal sector, in affecting the wage distribution and income inequality;
  • The contributions of firm behavior, education, skills, and technological change to trends in equality and the incomes of particular groups;
  • The measurement of both point-in-time inequality in earnings, wages, income, and consumption, as well as trends in these variables;
  • The determinants of inequality spatially, across genders, race, or ethnic groups, and on other dimensions.

Emphasis will be given to empirically oriented research, but applied theoretical research (e.g., on policy design, inequality measurement) is equally welcome. Submissions from scholars who are early in their careers, from researchers who are not NBER or STICERD affiliates, and from researchers from under-represented minority groups are encouraged. In keeping with the NBER’s long-standing requirement, papers should refrain from offering policy recommendations or normative statements about policy.

Papers will be selected on the basis of abstracts of about 750 words or, when possible, completed papers. Abstracts and/or papers may be uploaded at:

The deadline for submission is November 30, 2017. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by December 31, 2017. Please do not submit papers that are already scheduled to be published, or that for other reasons would not be available for consideration for the journal special issue.

The NBER and STICERD will cover the cost of economy-class travel as well as local expenses for participants. Questions about this meeting may be addressed to

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