Invitation to the 2024 LIS Summer Lecture on “Predistribution versus Redistribution”

LIS is happy to invite you to its 2024 Summer Lecture on “Predistribution versus Redistribution” by Prof. Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University.

The lecture will take place on Monday, July 1, 2024, from 17:00 to 18:00 [Luxembourg Local Time] at the LISER Conference Room, First Floor, Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH), 11, Porte des Sciences, L-4366 Esch-Belval, Luxembourg.


Over the past quarter century there has been a shift in the analytical and policy discourse, away from redistribution of market incomes through tax-transfer regimes and towards “predistribution” of pre-market productivities through education and human capital interventions. There are three strands of the arguments underlying this shift: the technical and economic problems associated with redistribution, the moral superiority of equalizing opportunities rather than outcomes, and the greater acceptability of predistribution in the political realm. Each of these arguments warrants closer examination and upon scrutiny is not as strong as it appears in the current discourse. The drift away from redistribution should be assessed carefully by those who wish to address rising inequalities.


Ravi Kanbur researches and teaches in development economics, public economics and economic theory. He is well known for his role in policy analysis and engagement in international development. He has served on the senior staff of the World Bank including as Chief Economist for Africa. He has also published in the leading economics journals, including Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Theory and Economic Journal. He is Co-Chair of the Food Systems Economics Commission. The positions he has held include: Chair of the Board of United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics Research, member of the OECD High Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance, President of the Human Development and Capability Association, President of the Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, member of the High Level Advisory Council of the Climate Justice Dialogue, Co-Chair of the Scientific Council of the International Panel on Social Progress, and member of the Core Group of the Commission on Global Poverty.


Registration for attending the Summer Lecture is mandatory, you can register through this link.

Registration Deadline: 23rd of June 2024.

The lecture will be followed by a Cocktail Dinner from 18:00 to 19:00.

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