Following on from our discussion on poverty and inequality in class yesterday, you may wish to read some more on the topic:
- Xavier Sala-i-Martin from Columbia University, showing that the world distribution has narrowed over the past thirty years (also check out his bizarre homepage)
- Martin Feldstein, formerly Reagan’s chief economic adviser, arguing that we should care only about poverty, not inequality. (NB. If you’re reading this from home, the NBER system will try to charge you to download the paper – but it should email it to any .edu address without charge.)
- Branko Milanovic, from the World Bank, arguing that inequality is a bad thing.
- Kristin Forbes, from MIT, presenting a robust set of cross-country regressions which demonstrate that inequality is good for growth.
- Ed Glaeser from Harvard on what we do and don’t know about inequality
- Gary Solon from Michigan on income mobility in various developed nations
- Tim Smeeding from Syracuse using the LIS to discuss poverty in rich countries
- Lester Thurow on the income distribution as a pure public good (more technical, only available if you’re on campus)
- CIS Peter Saunders arguing in favour of absolute poverty lines
- SPRC Peter Saunders arguing in favour of relative poverty lines
* Regular readers of this blog may be confused by the fact that I posted some readings on precisely this topic a few months ago. Rest assured that I’m not taking my students in circles (well, not intentionally, anyhow). These readings are for Economics for Government, which I’m teaching atÂ ANU. The last set were for Economics and Public Policy, which I just finished teaching at MBS. I’m grateful to those readers who suggested additional inequality readings last time, and have added some of those to the above list.