Inequality and the Deficit
Stephen B. Cohen
Georgetown University Law Center
April 25, 2011
Georgetown Law and Economics Research Paper No. 11-13
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 11-101
The enormous increase in economic inequality in the United States should play a central role in public discourse about the federal deficit. This essay reviews statistical evidence of trends in the distribution of income and wealth in the United States. The evidence demonstrates a dramatic increase in economic inequality. The gap between the rich and poor, and between the rich and the middle class, is today wider than at any other time in the past four decades.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: federal deficit, economic inequality
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K30, I30, J30, J60, H5
Date posted: July 21, 2011
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