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April 28, 2005

MAY 2: James Galbraith speaks on America’s paycheck crisis

Wage inequality leads to global insecurity, economist says

James K. Galbraith, economist and author of a book on America’s paycheck crisis, will talk about the consequences of wage inequality during a Monday, May 2, lecture at the University of Oregon.

The speech on “Rising Inequality in the Age of Globalization: The Facts and the Consequences,” is free and open to the public. The event will begin at 4 p.m. in the Fir Room at the Erb Memorial Union, 1222 E. 13th Ave.

“The gap between good and bad jobs was once quite small,” Galbraith writes in his book, Created Unequal: The Crisis in American Pay. “But the gap has grown and now is wider than at any other time since the Great Depression. It is so wide that it has come, once again, to threaten the social solidarity and stability of the country. ”
His latest book, Inequality and Industrial Change: A Global View, focuses on wage inequality within a globalizing economy and its consequences.

Galbraith is a prominent policy adviser and scholar, and has served in  several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress. He writes on a range of economic issues, from Social Security reform to exchange rate policy. His comments appear in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, American Prospect and The Nation.

He holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair of Government-Business Relations in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Pubic Affairs at the University of Texas.

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics invited Galbraith to the University of Oregon as a distinguished speaker.

For more information, call the Morse Center, (541) 346-3700, or check online


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