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Economic inequality, an introduction

  • Maurizio Franzini

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    (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)

  • Mario Pianta

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    (Department of Economics, Università di Urbino "Carlo Bo")

In this paper we offer an introductory exploration of inequality, considering how political economy has analysed economic inequality. Its roots in market processes and in the functional distribution of income are investigated, considering the role of human capital, technological change and globalisation, and the relevance of intergenerational inequalities. We then consider the impact that public policies can have on inequalities through taxation, welfare expenditures, the provision of public services, redistribution and other actions.

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File URL: http://www.econ.uniurb.it/RePEc/urb/wpaper/WP_11_02.pdf
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Paper provided by University of Urbino Carlo Bo, Department of Economics, Society & Politics - Scientific Committee - L. Stefanini & G. Travaglini in its series Working Papers with number 1102.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 2011
Date of revision: 2011
Handle: RePEc:urb:wpaper:11_02
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