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Inequality 4-minute Lightning Talks

Wednesday, January 29, 4-5 pm
Kraft 110


  • Dr. James Elliott (Sociology) "The Impacts of Natural Disasters & Recovery on Wealth Inequality in America"
  • Dr. Rossella Calvi (Economics) “Within-Family Inequality and Poverty.”
  • Dr. Danielle King (Psychological Science) "Resilience and Social Equity”
  • Dr. Rachel Kimbro (Sociology) "Food Insecurity among Households with Children”
  • Dr. Mallesh Pai (Economics) "Automated (Un)-Fairness”
  • Dr. Anna Rhodes (Sociology "The Intersecting Nature of Housing and School Inequality "
  • Dr. Robert Stein (Political Science) "Social disparities in the effects of election administration"
  • Dr. Ruth Lopez Turley (Sociology) "Making Research More Impactful”

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Heather Boushey: "Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It"

Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 PM Reception, 6:30 PM Lecture
Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, 3rd Floor

The evidence points to the conclusion that high economic inequality—the kind we see today—constricts economic growth. Rising market concentration and reduced economic dynamism, alongside workplace fissuring, are just a few ways that inequality affects the U.S. labor market. Yet policymaking over the past several decades has been moving in the wrong direction. The effect automation and artificial intelligence will have on workers are important challenges that we should address with policy. We need to begin to approach underling the effects of new technology on workers by considering what today’s distribution of resources means for future investments in technological advances and how has the ownership of technology that is successfully commercialized led to the current distribution of income and how will this affect future production and distribution?

A reception will take place in the lobby of the Kyle Morrow Room at 5:30 PM. Copies of Boushey’s book, Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It, will be available for purchase courtesy of the Rice University Bookstore. The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM, followed by a question and answer session. We advise arriving early to allow time for traffic and parking. Convenient, paid parking is available, most accessible from campus entrances 1, 2, 8 and 20. All lots are credit card entry. A map of the campus is available at

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