Inequality, long overlooked by economists and dismissed by many political pundits, has moved to center stage in the media and public discourse as one of the major challenges of the 21st century. The growing desperation of those feeling disenfranchised and unable to meet the most basic needs of their families is now manifesting in electoral turmoil both here in the US and abroad presenting a threat to democratic norms and institutions. The consequences of inequality are well documented. What remains less clear, but urgent, is how best to address it.
Students and faculty at Notre Dame are demonstrating an increasing interest in this topic of inequality and the controversies surrounding it. To that end, the Pulte Institute has launched Inequality Watch: a new website designed to provide both a resource and forum for knowledge, research, and discussion of the complex dimensions, drivers, politics, and policy responses to inequality both in the United States and abroad. Inequality Watch will provide easy access to a wide range of curated materials for both students and faculty, encouraging wider discussion of these issues across campus. Our aim is to inspire and motivate change, and this website is a call to action for those willing to take up the challenges presented by the effort to construct a more equitable and just society.