Inequality

Nathan Kelly is an associate professor of political science at the University of Tennessee. His book, The Politics of Inequality in the United States, examines how politics affects the market distribution of income, as well as government redistribution. Kelly and I discuss the implications of his...
07/14/2014
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Unions are in the spotlight following the Supreme Court’s decision in Harris v Quinn that home healthcare workers are not "full-fledged" employees and therefore not required to pay agency fees. Jenn Borchetta has already written a legal analysis of the case, but it’s important to remember that...
07/02/2014
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The recent Scott Walker allegations have brought the question of money in politics post Citizen’s United to the forefront. At the Monkey Cage blog, Brandon Rottinghaus points to his research that, “as opposed to other kinds of scandals (sexual, etc.), political scandals like Walker’s are...
06/23/2014
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Patrick Flavin is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Baylor University. He is also doing pioneering work in the area of policy representation at the state level. You can find a discussion of his work here. I talked with him about his studies and what they tell us about...
06/18/2014
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David Leonhardt had a piece about inequality at the New York Times over the weekend. Although the overall message is correct (inequality is a policy choice), but the piece has a few problems, with the education parts the most significant of them. I. The problems in the piece start when...
05/05/2014
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McDonald’s is losing customers. In the first quarter of 2014 US sales fell 1.7 percent—and that’s after a “challenging” 2013 when the company struggled to keep consumers happy and workers repeatedly walked out on strike. After decades of dominating the fast food industry, something is going wrong...
04/23/2014
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The International Monetary Fund put out a study yesterday about the effect of inequality and "redistribution" on growth. Among the dozens of conflicting uses of the word "redistribution," the study authors use it here to mean reducing inequality through transfer programs. The paper draws upon a...
02/27/2014
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Will Wilkinson is tired of arguing about inequality. He writes, I’m tired of arguing about inequality. It’s frustrating. It’s unproductive. Nobody is really interested in the analytical arbitrariness and moral insidiousness of measuring intra-national economic inequality. Nobody is really...
01/29/2014
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Republicans didn't just respond to the State of the Union, they responded four times. The problem is that a lot of their talking points don't stack up with reality.  1) Taxes Are Too High on The Rich In fact, taxes have become less progressive since 1960: Since 2004 there has been a modest...
01/29/2014
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A spectre haunts us, the spectre of robots. The Economist writes, “it seems likely that this wave of technological disruption to the job market has only just started. From driverless cars to clever household gadgets, innovations that already exist could destroy swathes of jobs that have hitherto...
01/28/2014
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