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The Wealth Redistribution Paradox: Ready to Give, Reluctant to Take (Anne Maass, 2017-2018 Visiting Heuss Professor)

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, #1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

The gap between rich and poor is steadily increasing and has now reached unprecedented levels of economic inequality in modern times, with substantial detrimental consequences for society. Although most people desire fairer distributions of wages and wealth, they generally fail to engage in redistributive collective action. Why are people ready to protect the poor, but reluctant to take from the rich, showing a seemingly irrational asymmetry in wealth redistribution?

Introduction: William Hirst, Malcolm B. Smith Professor and Co-Chair, Psychology

Discussant: Rachel Sherman, Associate Professor, Sociology

Anne Maass is professor of Psychology at Padua University, a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and currently Visiting Heuss Professor at The New School for Social Research (NSSR). She received her MA from the University of Heidelberg and her PhD from Florida State University. Her areas of specialization include the link between language and social cognition, gender stereotyping and stereotype threat, and, most recently, psychological approaches to wealth redistribution. She has won the Tajfel Award of the European Association of Social Psychology in 2011.

The Theodor Heuss Professorship at the New School was established by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1967 to honor past German President Theodor Heuss and acknowledge his special relationship to the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science (now The New School for Social Research).

Sponsored by The New School for Social Research. Reception to follow. 

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