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Saturday, October 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Capitalism and Its Discontents

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Money, money, money, money. The assumption that unbridled capitalism is good is at long last being questioned in many quarters where previously it was a given. Perfect timing for a discussion of the three books under consideration here. In Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do About It, economist Heather Boushey makes a persuasive and highly readable case that inequality undermines growth and offers policy suggestions for how to reduce it. In Corruption: What Everyone Needs to Know, Ray Fisman looks at why corruption is so damaging, the perverse incentives that cause it, and how it can be combated. Mike Isaac provides a case study of everything that is suspect about startup culture in Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber. Join these three fabulous authors for a deep look at various aspects of the corrosive influence of money, led by Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, author of Happy Money.

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Michael Norton

Michael Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious academic journals, including Science and the Annual Review of Psychology... Read More →

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Ray Fisman

Ray Fisman holds the Slater Family Chair in Behavioral Economics at Boston University. Previously, he was the Lambert family professor of Social Enterprise and co-director of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia University’s business school. Fisman’s research—much of it... Read More →
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Heather Boushey

Heather Boushey is a leading economist, public thinker, editor, and executive director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. Her work, which focuses on the intersection of economic inequality and public policy, has twice landed Boushey on Politico’s top fifty “thinkers... Read More →
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Mike Isaac

Mike Isaac is an award-winning technology correspondent at the New York Times. His coverage of Uber won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting. You can see him often on CNBC and MSNBC. Isaac’s book, Super Pumped, tells the story of Uber’s rise and fall against... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Trinity Forum 206 Clarendon St, Boston, MA, 02116