economic inequality

Economic Policy That Doesn't Confront the Rise in Inequality Head-On Will Do Nothing to Help the Vast Majority of American Families

Josh Biven
Economic Policy Institute
Using policy to shift economic power and make U.S. incomes grow fairer and faster. Boosting income growth for the bottom 90 percent requires a policy agenda that explicitly aims to halt or reverse the rise in inequality. Finding no relationship between rising inequality and faster growth means raising living standards for the bottom 90 percent can likely be better for overall growth.

Global Inequality

Dean Baker
Huffington Post
This new book examines the relationship between those gains in living standard, which have produced a rising middle class, and the stagnating standards of living that have become characteristic of wealthy countries. Dean Baker takes a critical look at this important contribution to the inequality debate.

The Panama Papers Could Lead to Capitalism’s Great Crisis

Rana Foroohar
Time magazine
The Panama Papers illuminate a key aspect of why the system isn’t working–because globalization has allowed the capital and assets of the 1 % (be they individuals or corporations) to travel freely, while those of the 99 % cannot. I think we’re heading towards a root to branch re-evaluation of how our market system works–and doesn’t work.

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