Call #10 - Inequality

Asian economies are extremely heterogeneous. The region contains nations which are considered developed, the biggest industrial powerhouse in the world as well as some of its more underdeveloped countries. Inequalities are present both across and within countries of the region. Inequality is influenced not only by economics but also by social structures, ancient traditions, recent history and cultural settings and other factors. This makes Asia a very interesting place to do a cross-border analysis of inequality.

Furthermore, there is particular interest on the behavior of inequality in the region given its rapidly growing economies and the increased interconnectedness among them. While a lot of wealth is being created, it is not clear how it is being distributed and what the consequences of this redistribution will be. Evidence from recently developed countries shows that both declines or rises in inequality are possible.

This setting opens allows for contributions relating to inequality from many different fields. Including, but not limited to, economics, urban studies, sociology, history and more. Your abstract can be related to any topic relating to this fields, but to facilitate, we suggested contributions that focus on the following large themes:

  1. Theoretical debates on Inequality (How can we understand inequality).
  2. Social, Historic or cultural aspects of inequality.
  3. Inequality and is relation with poverty.
  4. Measuring inequality; quantitative and qualitative approaches.
  5. Public policies for inequality and poverty alleviation.
  6. Political and economic crises and their consequences on inequality.

We also stress that contributions on general topics or not related to Asia are also welcomed.

The aim of our panels is to allow young researchers working on inequality to share their research with peers working on similar subjects. To give feedback on your work, we will have two experienced mentors who will give their expert advice.

Participants are also expected to join a session of the Inequality Working Group Mind Map, a workshop that maps the participants topics of interest, groups them together and asks them to solve one question related to their topic. This session intends to let the participants know each other, discover shared interests and build a closer network.

About the Inequality Working Group

The Inequality Working Group explores the philosophical and technical aspects of the link between inequality and economics: What are economists talking about when they talk about inequality? And why is inequality even relevant to economics?


To submit your abstract to this call, go to In your abstract, please clearly identify your research question, elaborate on methodology, and list your preliminary findings and/or tentative conclusions.

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Deadline: 17 March 2019