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Guest Speaker Dr. Branko Milanovic Discusses Problems of Income Inequality

Thursday, October 29, 2015

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, the Economics and Finance Society of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University hosted Dr. Branko Milanovic, world-leading economist on the problems of income inequality. Dr. Milanovic discussed his empirical findings on the recent trends in global income inequality and their political implications. 

Dr. Milanovic outlined recent trends in income inequality, emphasizing the need for recognition of the global scale of the problem and analysis of sustainable policy options. The lecture challenged students to think critically on global inequality and its implications on political and economical landscapes. Following the main presentation, the floor was opened to an energetic and involved Q&A session, which was met with enthusiasm by St. John’s students. Dr. Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, assistant professor of economics and faculty advisor to the Economics and Finance Society, introduced Dr. Branko Milanovic and moderated the discussion session.

Dr. Branko Milanovic is a presidential professor at the Graduate Center City University of New York and senior fellow at Luxembourg Income Study. He is the author of The Haves and the Have-nots:  A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality (translated in seven languages,and selected by The Globalist as 2011 Book of the Year) and numerous articles on the global income distribution. His forthcoming book Global inequality: a new approach for the age of globalization deals with economic and political issues of globalization, including the redefinition of the “Kuznets cycles” (forthcoming 2016). For more on Dr. Branko Milanovic, visit

For a complete video recording of the October 8 meeting and Dr. Milanovic’s lecture please watch the video below: