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The Challenge of Inequality


Published January 21, 2021

Whether rising income inequality is good or bad depends on why it's rising. We should worry more about whether people have a chance to get ahead and worry less that some get ahead faster than others. In particular, we should help Americans at the bottom get the opportunity to flourish.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What are the realities versus the myths of poverty?
  2. How can we understand the root causes of poverty?

Additional Resources

  • Read “Do the Rich Get All the Gains from Economic Growth?” by Russ Roberts. Available here.
  • Russ Roberts hosts EconTalk with guest Richard Burkhauser of Cornell University and talks about the state of the middle class, available here
  • Read “What Do Economists Actually Know?” by Russ Roberts, available here.