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Ways to Reduce Inequality (and Their Limits)

Rebecca M. Blank

in Changing Inequality

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780520266926
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950191 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266926.003.0007
Ways to Reduce Inequality (and Their Limits)

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This chapter focuses on the current economic environment and looks at some simple simulations that indicate how particular behavioral, economic, demographic, or policy changes might alter the current distribution of economic resources. It notes that most of the changes are focused on raising incomes among those at the bottom of the distribution. It also explores the demographic changes that would increase marriage and reduce the number of single persons and single-headed families in the population. It examines policy changes that would redistribute resources and raise the incomes of poor workers and poor families. It demonstrates that none of the changes, by themselves, would have major effects on income distribution, but a number of them together could indeed produce both higher income levels and a more equal distribution of economic resources.

Keywords: economic environment; distribution of economic resources; demographic changes; policy changes; income levels

Chapter.  4782 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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