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April 03, 2014 3:40 PM Getting Honest About the One Percent

There's a problem with how we talk about wealth in America, and it's probably skewing our understanding of economics and sociology. So much of the rhetoric of inequality has to do with the distinction between the top one percent of...

By Daniel Luzer

July 29, 2013 10:08 AM Philanthropy's Inequality Problem

Warren Buffett’s son has figured out that the proud towers of philanthropy are built on the rotten foundations of inequality and excessive wealth accumulation. I give him credit for being willing to say this aloud–it’s usually left unsaid, one of...

By Kelly Kleiman

June 20, 2013 9:10 AM Who Killed Equality?

There are two main schools of thought on income inequality: The fatalists, who contend that rising inequality is the ineluctable result of a changing economy, and the redistributionists, who blame a skewed tax system and lethargic government. Perhaps it’s time...

By Ezra Klein

February 01, 2013 3:52 PM Optimal Income Inequality?

The NY Times has published an impressive piece by Thomas Edsall about consumption and income inequality. If you read this long piece, I have the feeling that most of the RBC community will embrace David Autor’s points. If you agree...

By Matthew Kahn

January 23, 2013 1:08 PM Why Does DC Have a Gun Death Rate Like Brazil’s?

Last month, in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, I argued that while permissive gun laws and mental health were contributing factors in American gun violence, the real cause of this problem probably had a lot more to do...

By Daniel Luzer