Sunday, November 25, 2012

Inequality and Budget Deficits: Why is Only the Latter an Emergency?


From Jared’s blog:

I just read two sweeping reports on the state of income inequality in the US (the second link focuses on state-level inequality) and other advanced economies.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so ensconced in fiscal cliff discussions, but I was struck by how much more alarmed policy makers are by the budget deficit than by the inequality situation.  There are reasons for that tilt—some good, some bad—but based on magnitudes of the problem, it’s far from clear that our current sole policy focus is warranted.

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