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Fighting Inequality Can Strengthen the US Economy

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  • Dimitri B. Papadimitriou
  • Michalis Nikiforos
  • Gennaro Zezza

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Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, recently proposed to increase the rate of taxation on very high incomes and net worth. One of the primary justifications for such policies is that reducing inequality would help safeguard political equality. However, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, Michalis Nikiforos, and Gennaro Zezza show how these tax policies, if matched by comparable increases in government spending, have the potential to boost aggregate demand while helping reform the unstable structure of the US economy.

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  • Dimitri B. Papadimitriou & Michalis Nikiforos & Gennaro Zezza, 2019. "Fighting Inequality Can Strengthen the US Economy," Economics One-Pager Archive op_60, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:levyop:op_60
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