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Are social justice and social product at war with one another? In his foreword, Lawrence H.

When there are short-run trade-offs between the effects of policies on growth and income distribution, the evidence we have does not in itself say what to do.

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This would show the world efficienxy we can create incredible amounts of wealth and use the excess to lift up the financially down trodden. Countries may find that improving equality may also improve efficiency, understood as more sustainable long-run growth.

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Inequality still matters when we allow for regional differences in expected growth duration such as between emerging Asia and Africa. In classrooms Arthur M.

Okun was a master of analogies. More inequality may shorten the duration of growth, but poorly designed efforts to reduce inequality could be counterproductive.


We efficiecy examined six historical cases, including Colombia, Guatemala, and Nigeria. Raising the tide One reasonably firm conclusion is that equaloty would be a big mistake to separate analyses of growth and income distribution. This was my feeling at the end of the book- Capitalism is by far the most superior economic system we have. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a egficiency. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The Economics of Inequality. Write a customer review. Inhe cofounded, with George Perry, the Brookings Papers on Economic Equaoity BPEAwhich is still among the world’s most prestigious economic journals and currently boasts sixteen Nobel Prize winners among its authors.

The measure of inequality is the Gini coefficient, which efficienyc from zero all households having the same income to all income received by one household. In looking at the numbers you must keep in mind when this was written. However, it probably led to some increased inequality among farmers, and efforts to resist this component of inequality would likely have been counterproductive Chaudhuri and Ravallion, Subscribe or Modify your profile.

Most thinking about long-run growth assumes implicitly that development is something akin to climbing a hill, that it entails more or less steady increases in real income, punctuated by business cycle fluctuations. Remarkably, inequality retains its statistical and economic significance even when we include many potential determinants at the same time, a claim that we cannot make for many of the conventional determinants of good growth performance, such as the quality of institutions and trade openness.


I would recommend any one interested in the social sciences to have znd copy of this book in their library.

Finance & Development, September – Equality and Efficiency

Essential Microeconomics for Public Policy Arthud. How do economies grow? Get to Know Us. The Big Tradeoff is a very personal work from one of the most important macroeconomists of the last hundred years.

In “Equality and Efficiency: The analysis suggests that a number of variables found to be important in other contexts also tend to be associated with longer growth spells see Chart 4.

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But in others, the experience is more like a roller coaster. Inequality also preserves its significance more systematically across different samples and definitions of growth spells than the other variables do.

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Okun clarifies the issues surrounding the tradeoff between equality and efficiency, rather than taking a firm position on the issue of how much society should exchange one for the other. At the level of simple correlation, more inequality seems associated with less sustained growth.