Date and Location

November 15, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
B-500 Bell Hall

Contact

617-496-6435
Social Mobility Explains Populism, Not Inequality or Culture Photo

ABOUT THE TALK 

What explains contemporary populism, for example Brexit, Trump, and Le Pen? In this talk, Eric Protzer will present the findings of his recent working paper, which shows that populist political upheaval is strongly associated with low social mobility - a situation where family origins strongly decide economic outcomes - in several international contexts. Conversely income inequality, social media use, immigration, and the presence of older generations who may reject millennial values have no explanatory power. He argues that the connection between social mobility and populism is driven by universal human values pertaining to fairness.  

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

 

Eric Protzer is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development's Growth Lab. He holds a master's degree in Technology and Policy from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia.

Speakers and Presenters

Eric Protzer

Organizer