17th Annual Conference: Progressivism, Socialism, Nationalism

Monday, October 7, 2019
Columbia University Italian Academy

The Center on Capitalism and Society held its 17th annual conference: "Progressivism, Socialism, Nationalism: What Room for Innovation and 'Creative Destruction'? For Economic Justice to the Least Advantaged? For Teaching Youth the Good Life?

The conference was held Monday, October 7th at Columbia University's Italian Academy, with luncheon and dinner at Faculty House.


9:00am - 9:15am - Registration and coffee


9:15am - 9:25 am - Welcome remarks

Edmund Phelps, Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and Director, Center on Capitalism and Society


9:25am - 10:35 am - Progressivism and Its Agenda

Joseph Stiglitz, Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, University Professor at Columbia University and Chief Economist at the Roosevelt Institute

Lina Khan, Academic Fellow, Columbia Law School

Thomas Philippon (Discussant), Max L. Heine Professor of Finance, New York University Stern School of Business, author of The Great Reversal: How America Gave Up on Free Markets

Ryan Bourne (Discussant), R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics, Cato Institute


10:40am - 11:35am - Socialism and Its Agenda

Vivek Chibber, Professor of Sociology, New York University

Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor and Publisher, Jacobin magazine

Douglas Holtz-Eakin (Discussant), President of the American Action Forum


11:40am - 12:35pm - Nationalism and Its Agenda

Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times Editorial Board and author of The Economists' Hour

Andreas Wimmer, Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy, Columbia University

Charles Kolb (Discussant), Former President of the Committee for Economic Development


12:45pm - 1:45pm - Luncheon - Faculty House 2nd Fl - by invitation only

Pinelopi Goldberg (Luncheon speaker) Professor of Economics, Yale University and Chief Economist, World Bank Group


2:00pm - 2:55pm - Taxation and Economic Systems

Hian Teck Hoon, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean, School of Economics, Singapore Management University

Edmund Phelps, Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and Director, Center on Capitalism and Society

Richard Robb, Professor of Professional Practice, SIPA, Columbia University and CEO, Christofferson, Robb & Company

Gylfi Zoega (Discussant) Professor of Economics, University of Iceland and Birkbeck College, University of London



3:00pm - 3:15pm - Special Session

Edmund Phelps (Introduction) Winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics and Director, Center on Capitalism and Society

Giovanni Tria, former Italian Minister of Economy and Finance, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, University of Rome Tor Vergata


3:20pm - 4:35pm - Strategies to Calm Discontent

Margaret Levi, Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership, New York University Stern School

Leif Pagrotsky, Former Swedish Minister of Commerce, Minister of Enterprise and Innovation, Minister of Culture and Consul General of Sweden in New York

Jeffrey Gordon (Discussant) Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law, Columbia University


4:40pm - 5:00pm - Coffee Break


5:00pm - 5:55pm - New Thinking

Michelle Pannor Silver, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society, University of Toronto

Ryan Streeter, Director of domestic policy studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

Richard Sennett, Centennial Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics and Senior Fellow, Center on Capitalism and Society, Columbia University


6:00pm - 6:45pm - Cocktail reception (Italian Academy)


7:00pm - 8:30pm - Dinner - Faculty House 4th Fl - by invitation only

Gerald Auten (Dinner speaker) Senior Research Economist, Office of Tax Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury

David Splinter (Dinner speaker) Economist, Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress