Tags: wealth inequality

Basic Macroeconomics of Income Distribution Cannot Explain Today’s Rising Inequality

January 13th, 2017
in macroeconomics

I was recently looking over the debates surrounding the Pasinetti theorem and I thought it might be worth writing a few words on it. Pasinetti formulated his theorem — which is dealt with in detail in a fantastically thorough Wikipedia article — in 1962 in response to Nicholas Kaldor’s seminal paper Alternative Theories of Distribution. more »

Sweeping Wealth Under The Mat

Written by Steven Hansen I wish I had the answer to correct the wealth imbalance between the average Joe and the ultra-rich. Personally I see no evidence that taxing the crap out of the rich to gift the poor will do anything to correct the imbalance. more »

Piketty's Book and Macro Models of Wealth Inequality

January 3rd, 2016
in history, macroeconomics

Thomas Piketty’s "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" quantified the evolution of wealth inequality and concentration over time and across a number of countries. This column examines existing macroeconomic models of wealth inequality through the lenses of the facts and ideas in Piketty’s book. It further examines more »

Causes of Wealth Inequality: Dynastic, Valuation, or Income?

October 27th, 2015
in macroeconomics

There are at least three reasons why inequality of wealth could remain high or rise over time: 1) dynastic reasons, in which inherited wealth looms larger over time; 2) valuation issues, as when the price of existing assets like stocks or real estate soars for a time; and 3) a surge of inequality at the very top of the income more »

Exploding Wealth Inequality in the United States

October 30th, 2014
in aa syndication

Appeared initially 28 October 2014 in Voxeu.org by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman Wealth inequality in the US has followed a U-shaped evolution over the last century – there was a substantial democratisation of wealth from the Great Depression to the… more »

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