Matrix is located on the 8th floor of Barrows Hall, on the UC Berkeley campus, near Telegraph and Bancroft Avenues, just up the hill from Sather Gate. There are entrances at both ends of the building, but only one of the elevators on the eastern side goes directly to the 8th floor. You can alternatively take the stairs to the 7th floor and walk up the stairs.
This panel discussion will feature E. Glen Weyl, principal researcher at Microsoft and visiting senior research scholar in economics and law at Yale University, who together with Eric Posner co-authored the book, Radical Markets, which introduces provocative ideas on how to use markets to tame monopoly, lessen inequality, and enhance inclusiveness.
As the book’s website explains: “Many blame today's economic inequality, stagnation, and political instability on the free market. The solution is to rein in the market, right? Radical Markets turns this thinking—and pretty much all conventional thinking about markets, both for and against—on its head. The book reveals bold new ways to organize markets for the good of everyone. It shows how the emancipatory force of genuinely open, free, and competitive markets can reawaken the dormant nineteenth-century spirit of liberal reform and lead to greater equality, prosperity, and cooperation."
The panel, which will include both a conversation and a critique, will be moderated by Ben Handel, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Economics.
Critics on the panel include:
- Anat Admati is the George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. She has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on corporate governance and banking.
- Jeff Gordon is a graduate student in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. He studies organizations, technology, and work using a combination of computational text analysis, interviews, and participant observation. He was previously a consultant at Education Resource Strategies and he received his B.A. from Yale.
- Suresh Naidu teaches economics, political economy and development at Columbia University. He previously served as a Harvard Academy Junior Scholar at Harvard University, and as an instructor in economics and political economy at the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley.
- Emmanuel Saez is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on tax policy and inequality both from theoretical and empirical perspectives. Jointly with Thomas Piketty, he has constructed long-run historical series of income inequality in the United States that have been widely discussed in the public debate.
This event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab and the Gilbert Center and is part of the Social Science Matrix Solidarity Series. Cookies and drinks will be available prior to the panel, starting at 3:15pm. Copies of Radical Markets will be available for sale following the panel.