While the subject of income inequality gains headlines, real answers to the problem crash headlong into voters’ aversion to more taxes and bigger government. But economists at the International Monetary Fund take a practical look at new data that indicate the possibility of win-win solutions in addressing inequity while spurring growth. getAbstract recommends this timely investigation into the relationships among government redistribution, income inequality and economic growth to executives, policy makers and economists.
In this summary, you will learn
- How inequality, growth and redistribution relate to one other;
- How levels of inequality have changed since the 1980s;
- Why reducing inequality spurs economic growth; and
- Why redistribution doesn’t negatively affect growth in most instances.
About the Authors
Jonathan D. Ostry, Andrew Berg and Charalambos G. Tsangarides are IMF economists.
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