RPN- Inequality
Research Policy Network (RPNs)

Inequality and the Role of Firms

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Project lead

Mark Stabile

The Stone Chaired Professor in Wealth Inequality and Professor of Economics European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)

Scholars have documented the negative impact of higher inequality on, among other things,  growth, the political process, health, and social mobility.  Efforts to mitigate increasing inequality can focus on both distributive (tax and transfer) policies, as well as the market forces that determine incomes before government taxes and transfers.  While there will always be a significant role for redistributive policy, the high level of inequality today can only be effectively tackled if market incomes are also made less unequal.  The focus of this RPN is on the market side of inequality equation and in particular on the role of firms in determining market incomes and wealth.  

Firm decisions around innovation and technological change, employment and pay, supply chains and outsources, governance and shared capital, among others, all have direct or indirect effects on market inequality and business leaders and managers need to balance these impacts against other objectives of the firm. The RPN will both bring together scholars working on determinants of and solutions to market inequality within firms as well as connect scholars and business leaders who are making these decisions. A unique feature of the RPN is the connection between business leaders and researchers that we hope will inform both research and firm practice.  Activities of the RPN will include joint scholar-practitioner workshops, VOX columns, case studies and policy insights. Workshops will also promote peer-reviewed publications in traditional economic outlets.  

Inequality & the Role of Firms RPN Session CEPR Paris Symposium 2023

On Tuesday, 12 December, 9:00 - 12:20 and 13:30 - 14:30 (Paris time), the Inequality & the Role of Firms RPN, joint with the Labour Economics Programme, held a Session at Sciences Po during the CEPR Paris Symposium 2023.

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Steering Committee

Barbara Petrongolo

Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College; Fellow of the British Academy; Professor of Economics University Of Oxford

Imran Rasul

Professor of Economics and Co-director of the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Centre on Wealth Concentration, Inequality and the Economy University College London

Members

Nava Ashraf

Co-Lead Academic International Growth Centre; Director of Research, the Marshall Institute; Co-Director of the Psychology and Economics Programme, STICERD; Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Oriana Bandiera

Sir Anthony Atkinson Professor of Economics London School Of Economics And Political Science

Fellow, Development Economics / Fellow, Organizational Economics / Fellow, Public Economics / RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms

Wendy Carlin

Scientific Council Paris School of Economics (PSE); External Professor Santa Fe Institute; Professor of Economics University College London

Fellow, Monetary Economics and Fluctuations / RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms

Florian Englmaier

Professor of Organizational Economics Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

Guido Friebel

Professor of Human Resources Goethe University Frankfurt

Fellow, Organizational Economics / RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms

Maria Guadalupe

Mark Pathy’89D Chair in Organizational Economics and Productivity and Professor of Economics European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)

Ingrid Haegele

Professor of Economics Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU)

RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms / Affiliate, Labour Economics / Affiliate, Organizational Economics

Rocco Macchiavello

Professor of Managerial Economics & Strategy London School Of Economics And Political Science

Virginia Minni

Post-Doctoral Fellow Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Assistant Professor of Economics in the Booth School of Business University Of Chicago

Tatiana Mocanu

Assistant Professor Columbia University

RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms

Maddalena Ronchi

Post-doctoral researcher Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Assistant Professor Kellogg School Of Management, Northwestern University

RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms

Alexandra Roulet

Assistant Professor of Economics European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD)

RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms / Fellow, Labour Economics

Raffaella Sadun

Charles E. Wilson Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School

Christiane Szerman

PhD candidate in Economics Princeton University; Postdoctoral Research Felllow University College London

RPN Member, Inequality and the Role of Firms