Controversies About Inequality Debates

The Center hosts four debates each year on trends in poverty and inequality, the future of poverty and inequality, and how poverty and inequality might be reduced.

Listen to past debates below!

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Past Debates

Adding Injury to Insult: Why Do the Poor Get Sick?

  • Sir Michael Marmot, Director, International Institute for Society and Health; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College of London
  • Ralph Catalano, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of California - Berkeley
  • Click to listen, right-click to download: Debate

Inequality and the Beautiful People: What Should be Done About Discrimination by Beauty?

  • Deborah Rhode, Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Professor of Law, Stanford University
  • Richard T. Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Stanford University
  • Click to listen, right-click to download: Debate

Is Microlending the Answer?

  • Eric Weaver, Executive Director, Lenders for Community Development
  • Tracey Pettengill Turner, Founder and General Manager, Microplace
  • Click to listen, right-click to download: Debate

Does Philanthropy Shortchange the Poor?

  • Robert Reich, Associate Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
  • Kenneth Prewitt, Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Click to listen, right-click to download: Debate