Monday, January 13, 2014

Inequality is receiving more and more attention... but is too focused on the US

This blog called Inequality Matters is one more sign of the growing attention to inequality among policymakers, academics and the press. One striking characteristic of this new move is its focus on the US and, to a lesser extent, the UK. It is much harder to find good discussions about the increase of inequality in Spain or other South European countries. Moreover, there is also limited attention to what other high inequality contexts can teach about the economic and political costs of a worsening in the income distribution. This provides a great opportunity for Latin Americanists, who understand this problem quite well and have witnessed its negative consequences for quite some time.

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