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Werner Sichel Lecture Series


Professor Charles Ballard of Michigan State University delivered the lecture “The Fall and Rise of Income Equality in the United States” Sept. 27, 2017 as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series at Western Michigan University. Ballard detailed the “Great Convergence” of income equality in the United States that grew out of policies of the 1930s and 1940s and a “Great Divergence” of inequality starting about 1980. Ballard called this income gap, which is now greater than during the Gilded Age, “the largest economic phenomenon of our lifetimes.”

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LABOR MARKET ISSUES; Wages, health insurance and other benefits; Inequality; Minimum wage; INTERNATIONAL ISSUES; Globalization; Trade issues; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; EDUCATION




Carinci, Justin. 2017. "Charles Ballard Interview." Kalamazoo, MI, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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