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Inequality: what can be done?

Atkinson, Anthony B. (2015) Inequality: what can be done? Working Paper (2). International Inequalities Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

Economic inequality has become centre stage in the political debate, but what the political leaders have not said is what they would do about it. There are repeated calls for equitable growth but little clue as to how this is to be achieved. In this Working Paper, I seek to show what could be done to reduce the extent of inequality if we are serious about that objective. I draw on the lessons of history, and take a fresh look - through distributional eyes - at the underlying economics. I identify ambitious new policies in five areas - technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation – that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income towards less inequality.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/International-Inequalities
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H2 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue > H20 - General
H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H30 - General
H - Public Economics > H4 - Publicly Provided Goods > H40 - General
H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H50 - General
H - Public Economics > H6 - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt > H60 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I30 - General
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment > E20 - General
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E6 - Macroeconomic Policy Formation, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, Macroeconomic Policy, and General Outlook > E60 - General
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 15:00
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101810

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