Show simple item record Pryor, Johnathan 2011-04-18T16:18:45Z 2011-04-18T16:18:45Z 2011-04-18
dc.description Undergraduate Economics Thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract What can account for the failure of economists to extend a firm guiding hand into the public discourse on material inequality in contemporary America? This paper reviews historical and modern economic literature and then extends its focus to the debates in the public sector, private opinion, “think tanks,” the news media, the private sector, special interest groups, and popular culture. The intractable social, political and economic complexity of the problem and the influence of competing interests deter attempts at economic interpretation. Economists should respond to the public need by devoting greater attention to descriptive and prescriptive analyses, developed with an appreciation of the competing interests and activities of the various sectors that must accept any response. en_US
dc.subject Wealth income economic inequality en_US
dc.title Winner-Take-All Economics: Professional Inquiry and Public Discourse on Material Inequality en_US

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