Scientific Calendar Event

Description An ICTP Meeting in person

The workshop aims at promoting the science of inequality by connecting empirical results and complex systems modelling approaches.  It shall combine expertise from several disciplines in order to address inequality from different angles and at different scales.

The workshop is supported by National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) and Trieste International Foundation for the Progress and Freedom of Sciences (FIT) as part of the Trieste Laboratory on Quantitative Sustainability (TLQS) initiative.

Inequality is generally perceived as a cause of concern and one of the prime roadblocks towards a sustainable future. Indeed inequality correlates with many socio-economic bads, and it’s rise has been a persistent trend in the last half century. The accumulation of empirical evidences on inequality and its correlates calls for a parallel effort to integrate this knowledge into formal models, in order to shed light on the underlying mechanisms.

The workshop will combine perspectives and insights from a broad range of disciplines (demography, economics, political science, sociology, ecology, biology and neuroscience) with complex systems modelling approaches, in order to capture relevant stylized facts, identify questions amenable to quantitative mechanistic modelling, or devise data-driven modeling approaches which may shed light on causal relations.

E. ALTMANN, University of Sydney, Australia
C. ANTENEODO, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
L. BETTENCOURT, University of Chicago, USA
A. BRANDOLINI, Banca d'Italia, Italy
P. CONTUCCI, University of Bologna, Italy
S. DASGUPTA, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy
B. FATH, Towson University, USA
A. FLACHE, University of Groningen, Netherlands
H. HU, Zhejiang University, China
S. JAIN, Delhi University, India
J. KRISHNAKUMAR, University of Geneva, Switzerland
V. LATORA, University of Catania, Italy
E. NTOUTSI, Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany
M. OLIVEIRA, University of Exeter, UK
E. OMODEI, CEU Vienna, Austria
S. E. PAGE, University of Michigan, USA
J. ROBINSON, University of Chicago, USA
M. SALES-PARDO, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
M. SMERLAK, ESPCI Paris - PSL, France
A. J. STEWART, University of St. Andrews, UK
A. STIER, University of Chicago, USA

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.
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  • Monday, 17 April 2023
    • 08:30 - 12:30
      • 08:30 Registration formalities 30'
        REGISTRATION: Upon arrival, Visitors not staying in the ICTP Guest Houses, are kindly requested to complete registration formalities at the Adriatico Guesthouse - Registration Desk (Lower level) from 8:30 to 09:00.
      • 09:00 Introduction 30'
        Speaker: Giovanni CARROSIO (UniTS), Stefano FANTONI (FIT, Italy), Mirta GALESIC (Santa Fe Institute, USA), Jacopo GRILLI (ICTP), Fariba KARIMI (CSH Vienna), Matteo MARSILI (ICTP), Cosimo SOLIDORO (OGS, Italy)
      • 09:30 Ice breaking 1h0'
        each one presents her/himself, max 5 minutes, max 2 slides
      • 10:30 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:00 Ice breaking 1h30'
    • 14:00 - 16:00 Economics institutions and inequality
      co-chairs: Anirban CHAKRABORTI (BML Munjal University, India), Davide FIASCHI (University of Pisa, Italy), LIVAN Giacomo (University College London, UK), Debora PRINCEPE (Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil)
      • 14:00 Politics as the outcome of the struggle between egalitarianism and hierarchy 40'
        Speaker: James ROBINSON (University of Chicago, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 14:40 Do public policies promote equality of opportunity for wellbeing? An econometric analysis using Bolivian data 40'
        Speaker: Jaya KRISHNAKUMAR (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
        Material: Video
      • 15:20 Discussion 40'
    • 16:00 - 17:30
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Discussion 1h0'
    • 18:30 - 20:30
      • 18:30 Welcome Reception 2h0'
        All participants are cordially invited to the Welcome Reception.
  • Tuesday, 18 April 2023
    • 09:00 - 11:00 Inequality and space
      co-chairs: Eduardo ALTMANN (University of Sydney, Australia), Celia ANTENEODO (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Marcos OLIVEIRA (University of Exeter, UK), Ruth Joan NELSON (TU Delft, Netherlands), Victoria Eugenia ARCON CARBALLO (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina)
      Material: slides
      • 09:00 Inequality, social influence and polarization 40'
        Speaker: Andreas FLACHE (University of Groningen, Netherlands)
        Material: Video
      • 09:40 Inequality as a Process: Statistical Dynamics of Growth and Human Development 40'
        Speaker: Luis BETTENCOURT (University of Chicago, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:20 Assessing vulnerability: the role of city boundaries and data granularity 40'
        Speaker: Elsa ARCAUTE (UCL, UK)
    • 11:00 - 12:30
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Discussion 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 16:00 Human environment across time
      co-chairs: Elisa OMODEI (Central European University, Austria), Jeferson Jacob ARENZON (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Brazil), Ignatius GUTSA (University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe)
      • 14:00 The Wealth Pump 40'
        Speaker: Peter TURCHIN (UCONN, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 14:40 Considering Justice in Researching the Climate Crisis 40'
        Speaker: Thomas SCHINKO (IIASA, Austria)
        Material: Video
      • 15:20 Climate, Weather, and Inequality 40'
        Speaker: Shouro DASGUPTA (Universita' Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy)
    • 16:00 - 17:30
      • 16:00 Group photo 5'
      • 16:05 Coffee break 25'
      • 16:30 Discussion 1h0'
  • Wednesday, 19 April 2023
    • 09:40 - 11:00 Social hierarchies and diversity
      co-chairs: Vito Claudio LATORA (Universita' di Catania, Italy), Sanjay JAIN (Delhi University, India), Marta SALES-PARDO (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain), Silvia DE SOJO CASO (Denmark Technical University, Denmark)
      • 09:40 Perceptions of inequality 40'
        Speaker: Henrik OLSSON (Santa Fe Institute, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 10:20 Inequality, Identity and Influence: Models for the Onset and Resolution of Affective Polarization 40'
        Speaker: Alexander STEWART (University of St. Andrews, UK)
        Material: Video
    • 11:00 - 12:30
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Discussion 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 16:00 Inequality and cognition
      co-chairs: Pierluigi CONTUCCI (University of Bologna, Italy), Andrew STIER (The University of Chicago, USA), Matteo SMERLAK (Laboratoire Biophysique et Evolution ESPCI Paris, France), Teresa CARLONE (University of Bologna, Italy), Arefe ATAMANESH (Tehran University, Iran)
      • 14:00 Fairness beyond single identity dimensions 40'
        Speaker: Eirini NTOUTSI (Bundeswehr University Munich, Germany)
        Material: Video
      • 14:40 Many Models and Structural Inequality 40'
        Speaker: Scott E. PAGE (University of Michigan, USA)
        Material: Video
      • 15:20 Neural mechanism of social hierarchy 40'
        Speaker: Hailan HU (Zhejiang University, China)
    • 16:00 - 17:30
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Discussion 1h0'
  • Thursday, 20 April 2023
    • 09:00 - 12:30
      • 09:00 Discussion in groups 2h0'
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 11:30 Discussion in groups 1h0'
    • 14:00 - 16:30
      • 14:00 Economics and policy 40'
        Speaker: Andrea BRANDOLINI (Banca d'Italia, Italy)
        Material: Video
      • 14:40 Discussion with reports from groups 1h20'
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
  • Friday, 21 April 2023
    • 09:00 - 11:30
      • 09:00 Discussion and future plans 2h0'
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30'