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Rethinking income distribution

In: A Modern Guide to Rethinking Economics


  • Omar F. Hamouda


How can policy interventions achieve their desired goal of alleviating income disparities? Is there an established, universal economic criterion that guides what determines or how to judge “fair†distribution? The economic structure of the twenty-first century is characterized by a production pattern in which capital is slowly eclipsing labour in the creation of added value, rendering a great deal of human participation redundant. In this environment, orthodox economics has little to contribute to the question of who should get what portion of the national dividend, and income redistribution is problematic. Insight from Keynes can help in rethinking the theory of income distribution.

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  • Omar F. Hamouda, 2017. "Rethinking income distribution," Chapters, in: Louis-Philippe Rochon & Sergio Rossi (ed.), A Modern Guide to Rethinking Economics, chapter 8, pages 153-168, Edward Elgar Publishing.
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