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Timlin Lecture 2014

Posted on 2014-07-10 in Upcoming Seminars
Sep 22, 2014

Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa will present the Timlin Lecture in Economics, "Inequality and its Discontents" at 7:30 pm in Arts 241.


About Miles Corak

Miles Corak is a professor of economics with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches principles of economics, labour economics, and social policy in a way relevant for public policy. His research on the relationship between inequality and social mobility, which the White House has referred to as the "Great Gatsby Curve," was awarded the 2014 Doug Purvis Prize by the Canadian Economics Association, and has been cited worldwide by, among others, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, and Bloomberg Business Week. Professor Corak holds a PhD from Queen's University, and joined the University of Ottawa in 2007 with 20 years experience in the Canadian federal government, most of that time spent as a member of the senior management at Statistics Canada. He has been a visiting researcher with UNICEF, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the University of London, the Office of Population Research at Princeton University, and the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter @MilesCorak or read his blog at


Income inequality is on the rise and everyone, from President Obama and Pope Francis to Prince Charles and Standard & Poor's, is talking about it. But these conversations about what are arguably the most significant changes in the distribution of income and earnings since the 1940s are leading to very different views on how public policy should respond. This is as true in Canada as it is in almost all of the rich countries where inequality has risen. This year's Timlin Lecture will tell two stories about inequality---one from the perspective of those who feel it is not a problem worth the worry, and the other from the perspective of those who see it as "the defining issue of our time"---in order to clarify the challenges facing Canadians, and what public policy should do about them.

This lecture is open to the public.

There will be a reception to follow the lecture.

Information: Phone: 306-966-5197, Email: