Distribution, Justice and Globalisation

Master seminar

An organisational meeting and introduction to the topic takes place on 19. April 2016, 2 pm in RuW 4.202.

The seminar will take place from 19. to 26. June 2016 in Riezlern (Kleinwalsertal, Austria, Haus Bergkranz).

  seminar overview


  registration form


The number of participants is restricted to 20 due to the number of beds. Registration will take place at the organisational meeting.

You are required to confirm your registration, by submitting the signed registration form and a CV until the 22. April 2016 to Anastasia Biermann (a.biermann@wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de). You can send a copy by email up front and hand in the original printed version at the chair (office hours Tue-Thu 13-19) or drop it into our postbox (RuW, postbox 70) until 27. April 2016. 

If the number of interested students exceeds the number of beds an additional short motivation statement (no more than 100 words) will be required, which would be announced at the organizational meeting. A selection will be made based on CV and motivation statement.

Withdrawal is possible only until the 27. April 2016.


The assignment of topics will take place on Tuesday, May 3rd, via email. Please contact your supervisor afterwards to discuss your topic.

Deadline for term paper:   10.06.16, 8 a.m.
Deadline for presentation and handout:   16.06.16, 10 a.m.

You will find some instructions for your term paper HERE.


Signs of rising inequality between persons, income classes and countries are hotly debated today. The very facts, their ethical evolution, the possibilities of countervailing policies are controversial. The seminar will deal with theories of income distribution from the classics to the postkeynesians, with the relationship between wealth and power, with distributional justice (Sen’s approach), with the effects of accumulation on distribution and with global aspects, in particular with the relationship between certain varieties of capitalism and inequality.

  List of topics

General reading list

  • Garegnani, P. (1984). Value and Distribution in the Classical Economists and Marx. Oxford Economic Papers, 36, pp. 291–325.

General literature

  • Blaug, M. (1999). Economic Theory in Retrospect (5th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Dobb, M. (1973). Theories of Value and Distribution since Adam Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Foley, D. K., & Michl, T. R. (1999). Growth and Distribution. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press.
  • Garegnani, P. (1984). Value and Distribution in the Classical Economists and Marx. Oxford Economic Papers, 36, pp. 291–325.
  • Roncaglia, A. (2005). The wealth of ideas: a history of economic thought. Cambridge: Univ. Press.
  • Sen, A. (1980). Equality of What? The Tanner Lecture on Human Values, I, 197–220.

  Literature by topic (preliminary)


  • 60% term paper
  • 40% presentation & participation

Each partial requirement needs to be passed with a grade of 4.0 or better.

Formal requirements

  • A term paper consists of a title page, a table of contents, numbered pages of text and a list of references. All together this should be no less than 15 pages and no more than 20 pages of text.
  • There should be a page margin of 2,5 cm to allow notes and a line spacing of 1,5. Please be advised to use a font size of 12 with fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • You should base your argumentation on relevant literature, which has to be quoted as explicit as possible (correct and full reference and page, if applicable).
  • You will be required to present the results of your seminar paper at the block week in Riezlern. Please discuss the main focus of your talk with your supervisor.