June 3-4, 2016
Cornell University, ILR School Conference Center
On June 3 and 4, 2016 the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office and New Rules for Global Finance co-organized a workshop in New York City to strengthen understanding, assessment and reporting on what impact the global financial rules – and rule makers – can have on economic inequalities and the social and political inequalities that are linked to them. An academic- and policy-experts’ Reflection Group on Inequality considered best ways to measure inequality, problems with available data, and the overarching question, “Why do we care about inequality?” This was followed by presentations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), United Nations (UN), G20 German Presidency, and the Financial Stability Board (FSB), on their current approaches to the issue. In all, the workshop brought together leading academics, economic and financial policy experts, and representatives from global financial institutions to debate how best to construct a methodological framework to understand and assess how global financial institutions impact inequality.