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 Edward Wolff received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974 and is professor of economics at New York University, where he has taught since 1974. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, serves as an associate editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, and is on the editorial board member of Economic Systems ResearchJournal of Economic Inequality, and Journal of Socio-Economics, and the Review of Income and Wealth. He served as Managing Editor of theReview of Income and Wealth from 1987 to 2004 and was a Senior Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College (1999-2011), a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York (2003-04), President of the Eastern Economics Association (2002-2003), a council member of the International Input-Output Association (1995-2003). and a council member of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (1987-2012). He has also acted as a consultant with the Economic Policy Institute, the World Bank, the United Nations, the WIDER Institute, and Mathematica Policy Research.

His principal research areas are productivity growth and income and wealth distribution. He is the author (or co-author) of: Growth, Accumulation, and Unproductive Activity: An Analysis of the Post-War U.S. Economy, (1987); Productivity and American Leadership: The Long View (1989); The Information Economy: The Implications of Unbalanced Growth (1989); Competitiveness, Convergence, and International Specialization (1993); TOP HEAVY: A Study of Increasing Inequality of Wealth in America(1995, 1996, 2002), Economics of Poverty, Inequality, and Discrimination, (1997), Retirement Insecurity: The Income Shortfalls Awaiting the Soon-to-Retire (2002), Downsizing in America: Reality, Causes, and Consequences (2003), Retirement Income:  The Crucial Role of Social Security (2005); Does Education Really Help? Skill, Work, and Inequality (2006); Poverty and Income Distribution, 2nd Edition (2009); The Transformation of the American Pension System: Was It Beneficial for Workers? (2011); andProductivity Growth: Industries, Spillovers and Economic Performance (2012).  

  His edited volumes are: International Comparisons of the Distribution of Household Wealth, (1987); International Perspectives on Profitability and Accumulation (1992); Poverty and Prosperity in the USA in the Late Twentieth Century (1993); Research in Economic Inequality, Volume 4, (1993); Convergence of Productivity: Cross-National Studies and Historical Evidence (1994.); The Economics of Productivity, (1997), Assets of the Poor: The Benefits of Spreading Asset Ownership (2001), What Has Happened to the Quality of Life in the Advanced Industrialized Nations? (2004), and International Perspectives on Household Wealth (2006).

 He is also the author of many articles published in books and professional journals and provides frequent commentary on radio and television.

 The Lou Douglas Lectures seek to extend understanding of public policies that can further democratize society. They contribute to the general education of students and others by presenting speakers who will jolt conventional wisdom and propose public policy that deals progressively and democratically with the roots of social, political and economic problems. Known for their impact on regional, national and world affairs, these individuals are selected for their commitment to justice and equality for all people.


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Lou was a member of the Kansas State University Department of Political Science. They sponsor a Lou Douglas Scholarship. For more information, please visit their website at www.ksu.edu/polsci.

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