Monday 14 May 2018

Re-assessing the Generational Contract: Examining intergenerational equity across advanced economies

Monday 14 May, 9.30am-5.30pm, Resolution Foundation offices, St James Park

Questions about intergenerational equity have risen up the economic and political agenda in recent years. From why the rapid generation-on-generation incomes gains of the 20th century have ended, to how the market and state should respond to ageing populations, these are some of the biggest challenges facing economists and policy makers across the word.

To what extent are these challenges shared across advanced economies, or specific to individual countries? What can we learn about the correct policy framework for addressing these challenges?

Following the final report of its Intergenerational Commission, the Resolution Foundation, together with Imperial College London Business School and supported by Economic and Social Research Council, convened an all-day conference at the Foundation’s Westminster offices on Monday 14 May to debate these issues. Leading academics from the UK and US offered their insight into issues of intergenerational equity, and took part in a series of audience Q&As throughout the day.

Speakers include:

Ron Lee, Professor of Economics, University of Berkeley

Larry Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics, Boston University

John Godfrey, Corporate Affairs Director, Legal and General, and former No 10 Policy Unit Director

Emma Duncan, Social Policy Editor at The Economist

Rowena Crawford, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

David McCarthy, University of Georgia

James Sefton, Imperial College Business School

Martin Weale, Professor of Economics, Kings College London

Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford

Chris Giles, FT Economics Editor

Jennifer Rubin, Executive Chair, Economic and Social Research Council

David Willetts, Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation

The full conference programme, including the relevant academic papers which will be uploaded prior to the event, is available here.


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