The Keith Davey Forum on Public Affairs – Class of 2018: The prospects for this generation in an unequal world?”

August 19, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria University
93 Charles St. W., Toronto



  • Jeffrey Arnett, Research Professor of Psychology, Clark University
  • Miles Corak, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa
  • Rodney Haddow (Moderator), Undergraduate Director and Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

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Miles Corak is a full professor of economics with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, where he teaches principles of economics, labour economics, and social policy in a way relevant for public policy. Much of his research involves comparisons across countries. It focuses on labour markets and social policy, and is detailed in publications on child poverty, access to university education, social and economic mobility, and unemployment. His paper, “Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility,” published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, examines the relationship between inequality and social mobility across countries, a relationship that has become known as the “Great Gatsby Curve.” It was awarded the 2014 Doug Purvis Prize by the Canadian Economics Association, which annually recognizes a highly significant contribution to Canadian economic policy. His research has been used by The White House, and cited by many of the major print and electronic media outlets. Professor Corak maintains his own blog at , and you can follow him on Twitter @MilesCorak.

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett is a Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has also taught at the University of Missouri. During 2005 he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of the book Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens Through the Twenties, now in its 2nd edition, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He is also the Founding President and Executive Director of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood ( Arnett has two children, twins Miles and Paris, born in 1999, and his wife, Lene Jensen, is also a professor at Clark. He has appeared on national television and frequently in print media, including a cover story in the New York Times Sunday magazine in August, 2010. His book (with Elizabeth Fishel) for parents of emerging adults, When Will My Grown-Up Kid Grow Up? was published in May 2013. For more information, see

Rodney Haddow is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds degrees from Carleton University, the London School of Economics and the University of Toronto. His research addresses economic and social policy in Canada; he is particularly interested in how insights from Comparative Political Economy (CPE) scholarship can be brought to bear on the study of Canadian public policy. His recently-completed Comparing Quebec and Ontario: Political Economy and Public Policy at the Turn of the Millennium (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press) uses insights from the CPE literature to illuminate the continued divergence between Ontario and Quebec in four fields of social and economic policy. Other recent publications have drawn attention to the considerable variety that exists in welfare state provision among Canada’s ten provinces. His other books include Poverty Reform in Canada (1993), Social Partnerships for Training (contributing co-editor, 1997), The Savage Years (co-author, 2000), and Partisanship, Globalization and Canadian Labour Market Policy (co-authored with Tom Klassen, 2006).

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This event is co-sponsored by: Victoria University, the Department of Political Science, and the Association of Political Science Students (APSS)