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Post-Election America:  Finance and Financialization

Post-Election America: Finance and Financialization

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
General Public 

In this Post-Election America lecture, Julia Ott (Associate Professor of History and Director of the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies) will trace how, in recent decades, financial institutions shifted away from funding the production of goods and services towards activities such as consumer lending and trading securities and derivatives. Meanwhile, non-financial corporations increasingly shied away from long-term investments in plant, equipment, and research and development. Instead, they too diverted capital to finance. The results included a surge in investors’ returns, an explosion in the compensation of financiers and corporate executives, and a far more volatile and unequal form of capitalism, periodically besieged by financial crisis. The history of financialization helps us better understand contemporary problems including from inequality, stagnant wages, mass incarceration, and languishing innovation and infrastructure.

Individuals not registered for this ULEC course must sign in at the event as guests. Please arrive early.

For more information about the Post-Election America course please read the course description on the University course catalog.



Julia Ott is Associate Professor in the History of Capitalism and the co-director of the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College at the New School. She is the author of When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2011) which received the Vincent DeSantis Prize from the Society of Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in 2013.

She serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians. Ott co-edits Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism for Columbia University Press.

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