Economic Inequality and Economic Law: Distributional Objectives in New Zealand Competition Law
Audience: Waikato University Only
Date: Wednesday 2 May 2012
Time: 1:10 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: LAW G.02, Faculty of Law
Economic inequality has increased across the OECD over recent decades, and particularly in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. In these countries, the income gap between the richest and the poorest has increased significantly since the mid-1980s, over a range of measures. The rise in economic inequality has negative implications across societies, and also negative implications for economic growth. Much of the debate about inequality focusses on "after-market" social and tax policies, but it is also interesting to consider the economic law frameworks that have contributed to the growth in economic inequality. This seminar by Dr Anna Kingsbury explores the relationships between economic inequality and business law, with a focus on distributional objectives in competition law.