HS 332F — Drivers of Inequality: Global and Domestic

Meets for one-half semester and yields half-course credit.

What are the several sources of widening equality within nations and between nations? This course will sort out the relative role of such factors as wage and salary income; increasing returns to capital; wealth inequality; inter-generational inequality; race, gender, taxes and transfer income; public provisions versus privatization; and globalization. This class will take a political economy perspective. It will address the role of political power in different models of how to structure economies, and the cumulative dynamics of how economic inequality translates into political inequality to structure laws and rules, as well as the role of race and gender. Usually offered every year.
Mr. Kuttner