A new Congressional Budget Office analysis supports the idea that income inequality has grown considerably over the past few decades. As part of his Making Sen$e series on economic inequality, Paul Solman talks to libertarian law professor Richard Epstein, who argues that wealth inequality acts as a driving force for innovation. Continue reading
Rio de Janeiro’s gleaming skyline befits a world economic power, but it is not far from violent, impoverished slums. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on one man’s efforts to tackle Brazil’s wealth inequality by providing poor people access to technology. Continue reading
Did America’s record-high level of economic inequality in 2007 help cause the financial crisis of 2008? With Americans’ borrowing back on the rise and signs that economic inequality is growing, could there be another financial crisis in the near future? Paul Solman continues his series of reports on U.S. economic inequality. Continue reading
Financial gains over the last decade in the United States have been mostly made at the “tippy-top” of the economic food chain as more people fall out of the middle class. The top 20 percent of Americans now holds 84 percent of U.S. wealth, as Paul Solman found out as part of a Making Sen$e series on economic inequality. Continue reading
As part of his continuing coverage of Making Sen$e of economic news, Paul Solman examines the struggles to close the widening U.S. inequality gap, even as the economy improves. Continue reading
Question/Comment: Dear Mr. Solman, Is there an “economic event”, or re-discovery of economic history that can impact the incredible ideological stranglehold on the economics “profession?” In my opinion we have sacrificed rigorous econometrics on the altar of existence theorems, Diophantine … Continue reading
- When the Government Issues New Treasury Debt and Puts it into the Banking System, Does That Mean More Dollars in the World, and Thus Inflation?
Paul Solman: Several weeks ago, former Fed Chairman and economic boom cheerleader Alan Greenspan said this before Congress: “Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholders’ equity, myself included, are in a state … Continue reading