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Inequality and Recessions

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  • Amromin, Eugene

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

  • De Nardi, Mariacristina

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

  • Schulze, Karl

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

Abstract

The increase in inequality over the past several decades has received widespread attention from both academics and the public at large. While much of this discourse centers on either the causes or normative implications of increasing inequality, it is important to ask whether the widening gap between the rich and poor has any direct effects on macroeconomic aggregates and, in particular, on the severity of the Great Recession, when output and consumption dropped precipitously and were slow to recover (see figure 1).

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  • Amromin, Eugene & De Nardi, Mariacristina & Schulze, Karl, 2018. "Inequality and Recessions," Chicago Fed Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhle:00081
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    Households; inequality; recession;

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