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VIDEO AND PODCAST: The 2019-20 Arnold C. Harberger Lecture on Economic Development with Emmanuel Saez

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This year's lecture featured Emmanuel Saez, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley and economic adviser to Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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Duration: 54:32



Following his solo remarks, Professor Saez is joined by Professors Adriana Lleras-Muney (UCLA Economics), Jason Oh (UCLA Law) and Kal Raustiala (UCLA Burkle Center).


Emmanuel Saez is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Equitable Growth at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD in Economics from MIT in 1999. His research focuses on inequality and tax policy. Jointly with Thomas Piketty, he created the top income share series that show a dramatic increase in US inequality since 1980. The data from this series have been widely discussed in the public debate.

Saez's most recent book The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay, co-authored with his colleague Gabriel Zucman, narrates the demise of US progressive taxation and how to reinvent it in the 21st century. Saez has received numerous academic awards including the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association in 2009, a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2010, and an Honorary degree from Harvard University in 2019.



Established in 1997, the Arnold C. Harberger Distinguished Lecture on Economic Development celebrates Arnold Harberger as an eminent scholar and teacher. The lectures provide a special forum for outstanding students of international economics and policy to present their views and research to the UCLA community and the public.