About the Conference: 

The World Bank’s World Development Report 2006 on Equity and Development placed a concern with social justice and combating inequality at the center of the development paradigm. In the ten years since, inequality has become even more central to both academic inquiry and policy debates, in developed and developing countries alike. Research into top incomes; global inequality; inequality of opportunity; and economic mobility, to name only a few topics, has made much progress since 2006.

This conference, jointly sponsored by the World Bank’s Development Research Group and Poverty and Equity Global Practice, will revisit the main premises and conclusions of the WDR 2006 in the light of recent experience and new findings. It will also explore the key developments in the field during the decade since its publication, and their implications for both policy and further inquiry.  The one and a half day conference will be held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC, in an all-plenary format.

Research papers are now invited on relevant topics, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Inequality of opportunity and economic mobility
  • Top incomes
  • Global inequality
  • Individual wellbeing and its relation to local or national inequality
  • Gender equity
  • Happiness and subjective wellbeing
  • The effect of inequality on development
  • Measurement of inequality, inequality of opportunity, and welfare
  • Multidimensional inequality
Keynote address by François Bourguignon. Full papers should be submitted in pdf format by Friday, June 17, 2016.