6:00pm, Friday, October 25, 2013
The New School
Wolff Conference Room

6 East 16th Street, Room 1103
New York, NY

SCEPA was honored to welcome Robert L. Gordon, distinguished economist from Northwestern University and brother of SCEPA founder David Gordon, to present the annual Irene & Bernard L. Schwartz Lecture.


Professor Gordon has rocked the economics profession and the employment policy debates at the highest levels with his recent – and controversial - work predicting an end to economic growth as we know it. He writes, "Our best days may be behind us." He debated his theory in a recent TED talk and was featured in New York Magazine, where he is described as a "declinist and an accidental social theorist."

Gordon's work demonstrates the shrinking impact of innovation due to the "headwinds" of debt, demographic change, diminishing educational returns, and inequality. Focusing on inequality, Gordon will compare his own policy recommendations with those put forward by his brother in his book, Fat and Mean.

New School economists David Howell, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, and Anwar Shaikh, Professor of Economics, will join Gordon in a debate on inequality. Howell will argue that Gordon has ignored the powerful growth consequences of redistributing wealth and power away from the very wealthy, and Shaikh will give us the long-view of periodic crises in capitalist economies, where the end of growth is periodically predicted.

Robert J. Gordon, Stanley G. Harris Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
David Howell, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, The New School for Public Engagement
Anwar Shaikh, Professor of Economics, The New School for Social Research

Teresa Ghilarducci, Chair of the Economics Department at The New School for Social Research, and Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

You can join the conversation on Twitter using #gordonecon.