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Is Income Inequality Exaggerated?

The premise of Occupy Wall Street is simple: American society is becoming more unequal as a privileged minority takes control of an increasingly larger share of wealth and power. As I mentioned in my post last week, not all scholars … Continue reading

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The middle-class in poor countries

Last week I blogged the first part of an interview with Phillip Brown, and his work with Lauder and Ashton on the ‘global auction’ for middle-class jobs. In this final post, I asked him whether offshoring middle-class jobs is actually … Continue reading

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Offshoring middle-class jobs: myths, realities, policies

Good jobs in the UK and US are under threat, facing a ‘global auction’ against emerging economies that Western countries are likely to lose – according to a fascinating recent book by Brown, Lauder & Ashton that I previously described … Continue reading

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Who benefits from ‘economic growth?’

For a while now, it’s been recognised that wages for median workers in the US haven’t risen in a generation – but it was sometimes assumed that this was a phenomenon limited to the US. However, a new report released … Continue reading

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Apprenticeships in a Volatile Labor Market

 When people talk about what it takes to succeed in the labor market today, they may talk about having the right connections or a college degree, but they rarely talk about apprenticeships. Most people in the United States (including many … Continue reading

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The impending fall of the Western middle-class (Part II)

In my post last week I described the controversial new book The Global Auction, where Brown, Lauder and Ashton argue that the Western middle-class are subject to increasing competition from an army of highly-qualified workers in India, China and other … Continue reading

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The impending fall of the Western middle-class (part I)

Middle-class people in rich Western countries like to tell a story about globalization, which goes something like this. Globalization means that some menial jobs are off-shored or outsourced, but new jobs are created in their wake – setting us on … Continue reading

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Inequality After the Crisis

Should social scientists stop carping about celebrities and CEOs and start worrying more about the next financial crisis? Tyler Cowen has an interesting article from a left libertarian slant in which he argues that “most of the worries about income … Continue reading

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The Interaction of Employment, Geography, and Education

What do New York City, Des Moines, and San Francisco have in common? All three were relatively good places for people with less than a high school diploma to find employment during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Perhaps not coincidentally, … Continue reading

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Get American Politics Out of America: Some Further Thoughts on Hacker and Pierson

In her second post on Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s new book, Charlotte Cavaille offers some thoughts about how to bring comparative politics back into the study of American economic inequality. In my previous post, I summarized and lauded Hacker … Continue reading

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