Inequality

Inequality, Imperialism, and the First World War

Branko Milanovic on his new paper with Thomas Hauner and Suresh Naidu exploring inequality prior to World War I and providing empirical support for...

Editors’ Briefing: On Our Radar This Week (Dec. 9–Dec. 16)

This week in political economy.      House and Senate Republicans released the final version of their tax bill late Friday afternoon. The Washington Post breaks...

America's "Lost Einsteins" Are Dealing a Blow to Innovation

A new paper finds that America is full of "lost Einsteins" among women, minorities, and low-income groups: high performers who never become inventors because...

Who Are the Top 1 Percent in America? The Answer from New Research Might Surprise You

A new paper challenges Thomas Piketty’s portrayal of an income distribution dominated at the top by passive rentiers who do nothing to earn their money,...

Raghuram Rajan: Populist Nationalism Is “the First Step Toward Crony Capitalism”

The former governor of the Reserve Bank of India discussed the “concentrated and devastating” impact that technology and trade had on blue-collar communities, the anger...

The Rise of Market Power and the Decline of Labor’s Share

A new paper argues that the decline of the labor and capital shares, as well as the decline in low-skilled wages and other economic trends, have been...

Is There a Connection Between Market Concentration and the Rise in Inequality?

A Stigler Center panel debates: Is rising inequality connected to monopolies, rent-seeking, and concentration? The rise in wealth and income inequality has been at the forefront of...

“Our Efforts to Deal With Tech Firms' Market Dominance in the U.S. Have Been an Abject Failure”

In this installment of ProMarket's new interview series, Harvard economist F.M. Scherer answers questions about concentration, antitrust, tech giants, and inequality. "Antitrust agencies have not taken sufficient...

Nobel Laureates: Eliminating Rent Seeking and Tougher Antitrust Enforcement Are Critical to Reducing Inequality

Angus Deaton: "A lot of the inequality in the U.S. comes from rent seeking. It comes from firms and industry seeking special protection or...

What Role for Antitrust in the Era of Rising Inequality? The Importance of Power in Supply Chains

Concentration of power in supply chains is a prime mechanism by which dominant companies consolidate power and profits. The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was...

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How Financial Contracting Could Help the Police Force Manage Its Aims More Effectively

Hamid Mehran proposes funded deferred pay, an incentive structure to mitigate the risk and costs of police misconduct.

Event Notes: “China’s Political Economy” in Review

The Stigler Center's "China Political Economy" webinar series returns Thursday, February 9. Here's a reminder of what we covered in our first...

To Build an Equitable Economy, We Must Understand Capitalism’s Racist Heritage

American capitalism was built on racial exploitation, from the enslavement of Black people to institutionalized discrimination and its structural impact on our...

How To Ensure Industrial Policy Promotes Public Over Private Gain

Industrial policy was once so out of fashion that it was jokingly called “the policy that shall not be named.” Now it’s...

More than Economics, Ideology Determines US Voters’ Preferences for Redistribution

The US stands out among developed economies for its comparatively low level of redistribution as a percentage of GDP. Gustavo de Souza...