Tag Archives: Inequality

Chacon and Jensen on Direct Democracy, Constitutional Reform, and Political Inequality in Post-Colonial America

Mario Chacon and Jeff I. Jensen, both of New York University Abu Dhabi, have published Direct Democracy, Constitutional Reform, and Political Inequality in Post-Colonial America. Here is the abstract. The ratification of constitutional changes via referendum is an important mechanism … Continue reading

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Lack of inheritance tax is making inequality worse, think-tank study suggests

A group called the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has been looking at the question of inheritance tax. Specifically, they have noticed that Canada is the only G7 country without an inheritance tax and they suggest that perhaps we … Continue reading

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Reducing Global Income Inequality by Empowering Entrepreneurship

Relatively few observers would disagree that income inequality has become a serious global challenge. The majority of respondents to an international survey conducted in 2014 by the Pew Research Center described the widening gap between rich and poor as a … Continue reading

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Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data

NBER [access req’d]: Unions and Inequality Over the Twentieth Century: New Evidence from Survey Data. Henry S. Farber, Daniel Herbst, Ilyana Kuziemko, Suresh Naidu. NBER Working Paper No. 24587 Issued in May 2018, “It is well-documented that, since at least … Continue reading

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The Role Incarceration of African Americans Has Played in Perpetuating Inequality

The NAACP furnishes statistics on the racial disparities of the American incarceration system: In 2014, African Americans constituted 2.3 million, or 34%, of the total 6.8 million correctional population. African Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate … Continue reading

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