For Every One, A Basic Income?
Yes! Radical Ideas About Fixing Inequality
British economist Tony Atkinson has been studying inequality — the gap in income and wealth between the top and the bottom — for nearly half a century. Now that the dogma of trickle-down has been exposed as myth, he sees economists, policy-makers and the public finally waking up to the seriousness of the problem. But how to fix it? In his new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done?Atkinson focuses on ambitious proposals that could shift the distribution of income in developed countries. This post was originally published on the blog of theInstitute for New Economic Thinking.
Lynn Parramore: When did you become interested in the topic of economic inequality? What sparked your work?
Tony Atkinson: My interest in the topic actually led…
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