Can Works of Great Literature Help Us to Understand Inequality?

The recent rise of extreme high-end wealth inequality, to levels unprecedented since the late nineteenth century Gilded Age, raises sociological as well as economic issues. In this lecture based on a forthcoming book, law professor and novelist Daniel Shaviro discusses how great works of literature, by the likes of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, can help us to understand our inequality as well as theirs.

Daniel Shaviro, the Wayne Perry Professor of Taxation at NYU Law School, is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School. Before entering law teaching, he worked at Caplin & Drysdale, a leading tax specialty firm, and at the Joint Congressional Committee on Taxation. Shaviro began his teaching career at the University of Chicago Law School in 1987, and he joined the New York University School of Law in 1995.

Shaviro’s scholarly work examines tax policy, budget policy, and entitlements issues. His most recent books include Dangerous Grandiosity: Literary Perspectives on High-End Inequality Through the First Gilded Age (Anthem Press, forthcoming 2020); Fixing U.S. International Taxation (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Decoding the U.S. Corporate Tax (Urban Institute Press, 2009).

In addition to his scholarly work, Shaviro has published a novel, Getting It (iUniverse, 2010), and he has a blog.

Sponsored by the department of economics. The talk will be followed by a reception. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Vollum College Center, Vollum lounge
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Event Type

Lecture

Audience

Faculty, Students, Open to the Public, Staff

Department
Economics
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