Conference "Economic Inequality: crises, conflicts and threats for peace"


"Economic Inequality: crises, conflicts and threats for peace" is an interdisciplinary international conference, jointly organized by the online journal "Scienza e Pace - Science and Peace", the Sciences for Peace Interdisciplinary Centre - University of Pisa, and the Department of Economics and Management - University of Pisa. The conference will be held in Pisa, on 1st December 2017, by the "Aula Magna" of the Department of Economics and Management. See here the map for accessing the venue.

There are no registration fees. Nevertheless, in order to facilitate the organisation of the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. signalising your intention to participate.


Draft Conference Programme


9:00 – 9.15 Welcome addresses

Silvio Bianchi Martini, Dean of the Department of Economics and Management
Enza Pellecchia, Director of the Sciences for Peace Interdisciplinary Centre
Pompeo Della Posta, Editor of Scienza e Pace – Science and Peace

I Part – The general context

9:15 - 9:45 Pompeo Della Posta (Università di Pisa)
An introduction: economic inequality, economic theory and social capital

9:45 – 10:15 Pascal Petit (Université Paris 13)
Is the systemic rise in income inequality likely to reverse and for which reasons?

10:15 – 10:45 Roberto Burlando (Università di Torino)
Economic inequality and the economic and cultural divides of our time

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

II Part - Some aspects of economic inequality

11:00 – 11:30 Indra de Soysa (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway)
Social Exclusion and Civil Violence

11:30 – 12:00 Maurizio Franzini (Università La Sapienza, Roma)
Economic inequality and social immobility: a vicious circle?

12:00 – 12:30 Stefano Bartolini (Università di Siena)
Envying alone. Social poverty as an engine of social comparisons and unhappiness

12:30 – 13.00 Discussion and roundtable

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

III Part – Some specific country cases

14:30 – 15:00 Habibul Khondker (via Skype) (Zayed University, United Arab Emirates)
Existential Inequality and Women’s Empowerment in Selected Muslim Majority Countries: A Comparative Study

15:00 -15:30 Michele Raitano (Università La Sapienza, Roma),
Intergenerational transmission mechanisms of inequalities in Italy and some international comparisons

15:30 – 16:00 Francesco Sarracino (via Skype) (STATEC, National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg), Luxembourg
Explaining Russian exception: containing income inequality promotes life satisfaction

16:00 – 17:00 Discussion and roundtable. End of the conference




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