Undeniably, institutions of higher education are important engines for economic mobility. And while the goals of the University are certainly broader than fattening the wallets of its students in the future, the greater challenge remains: What is the University’s obligation to affect inequality within itself, and what does it still owe to its students in this regard?
If Ontario’s vision can be realized, after years of dwindling manufacturing exports, the province could once again become an exporter of something extremely valuable — a model for economic survival.
A presidential race always prompts a reckoning in the country. It poses several questions to those who want to lead, but perhaps even more to the voters picking a leader. The race reveals what Americans care about, their fears and their dreams. The current presidential race is no exception — and the frustration with income…
Piketty lectured on his 2013 bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, last Friday in Memorial Auditorium. Capital explores wealth and income inequality in U.S. and western European economies. This lecture was part of a joint venture between the Stanford Economics Department and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, which hosted Piketty as part of their Kenneth Arrow lecture series.
Ben Kaufman ’17 and Wyatt Smitherman ’16 debate the usage and necessity of affirmative action policies. Kaufman argues that race should be one of many factors considered in university admissions while Smitherman claims we should have a solely merit-based admissions system.
It is time for the residents of Palo Alto to take ownership of the future development of their community. We should no longer cower behind the idea that gentrification is a “natural” and “inevitable” market force. Doing so denies our collective agency in changing the situation.
Stanford students have a special opportunity to strategically channel their high earning careers and make lasting social change. It is our duty to the world to consider these unconventional paths to helping those in need.
July 24, 2014 marks the fifth anniversary of the last federal minimum wage increase and insodoing, marks the fifth year that Congress has ignored a glaring inequality in American society. Those seven dollars and twenty-five cents are worth less now than when enacted; even the minimum wage of 1968 — only $1.60 per hour —…