Is Economic Inequality a Big Deal?

BY Paul Solman  August 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM EST



Making Sense

With our inequality coverage (watch Land of the Free, Home of the Poor and Americans Facing More Inequality, More Debt and Now More Trouble?) topping the “Most Watched” chart here at the Online NewsHour, we thought we’d pursue the issue on Making Sen$e by staging a debate: is or isn’t economic inequality a big deal, a clear and present danger? Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute joined us to argue that inequality should not be our focus; Pomona College economist and dean Cecilia Conrad made the case that inequality is indeed in itself a major problem.

You peppered us with questions for both. We were able to put a few of them to Dan and Cecilia in a Skype interview.

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