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Current Articles 2013-2014


 

THE NEW YORK TIMES


"The True Cost of Hidden Money"
By Jacques Leslie
The New York Times, June 15, 2014
"GABRIEL ZUCMAN is a 27-year-old French economist who decided to solve a puzzle: Why do international balance sheets each year show more liabilities than assets, as if the world is in debt to itself?..." Read more...

 

NEW REPUBLIC


"Thomas Piketty Is Right. Everything you need to know about `Capital in the Twenty-First Century'"
By Robert Solow
New Republic, April 22, 2014
"Income inequality in the United States and elsewhere has been worsening since the 1970s. The most striking aspect has been the widening gap between the rich and the rest...." Read more...

 

SLATE


"The Shocking Rise of Wealth Inequality: Is it Worse Than We Thought?"
By Jordan Weissmann
Slate, April 2, 2014
"Economists Emmanuel Saez, of the University of California–Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman, of the London School of Economics, are out with a new set of findings on American wealth inequality, and their numbers are startling..." Read more...

 

THE NEW YORK TIMES


"America's Taxation Tradition"
By Paul Krugman
The New York Times, March 27, 2014
"As inequality has become an increasingly prominent issue in American discourse, there has been furious pushback from the right..." Read more...

 

THE NEW YORKER


"FORCES OF DIVERGENCE Is surging inequality endemic to capitalism?"
By John Cassidy
The New Yorker, March 31, 2014
"Capital in the Twenty-first Century, a sweeping account of rising inequality by the French economist Thomas Piketty. ..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES BLOG


"Thomas Piketty on the Wealth Divide"
By Eduardo Porter
New York Times, March 11, 2014
"Income inequality moved with astonishing speed from the boring backwaters of economic studies to the defining challenge of our time..." Read more...

 

TAVIS SMILEY SHOW


"Is America Still the Land of Opportunity?"
With Patrick Kline
Tavis Smiley Show, February 8, 2014
"President Obama's December speech on income inequality noted that children in countries like Canada, Germany, and France will enjoy greater social mobility in their lifetimes than American kids..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE


"Upward Mobility Has Not Declined, Study Says"
By David Leonhardt
The New York Times, January 23, 2014
"The odds of moving up — or down — the income ladder in the United States have not changed appreciably in the last 20 years, according to a large new academic study that contradicts politicians in both parties who have claimed that income mobility is falling..." Read more...

 

POLITICO ARTICLE


"Income Inequality’s Ripple Effect"
By John Podesta
Politico, December 9, 2013
"That’s why we’ve established the new Washington Center for Equitable Growth (WCEG), a long-term effort to support serious, sustained inquiry into structural challenges facing our economy..." Read more...

 

CNN WORLD INTERVIEW


"How socially mobile is America?"
With Fareed Zakaria
CNN World, August 4, 2013
"The basic fact from this study is that there’s a great deal of variation within the U.S. in rates of upward income mobility..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE


"In Climbing Income Ladder, Location Matters"
By David Leonhardt
The New York Times, July 22, 2013
"There is tremendous variation across the U.S. in the extent to which kids can rise out of poverty..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE


"The 1 Percent Are Only Half the Problem"
By Timothy Noah
The New York Times, May 18, 2013
"“We are the 99 percent,” declared the Occupy protesters, unexpectedly popularizing research findings by two economists, Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez, that had previously drawn attention mainly from academics. But the gap between the 1 percent and the 99 percent is only half the story..." Read more...

 

THE ATLANTIC ARTICLE


"Can This Graph Change Your Opinion About Income Inequality and Taxes?"
By Derek Thompson
The Atlantic, May 1, 2013
"A new study finds that bombarding people with stats and graphs on income inequality and taxes on the rich barely changes anybody's opinion on redistribution..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE


"Our Feelings About Inequality: It’s Complicated"
By Ilyana Kuziemko and Stefanie Stantcheva
The New York Times, April 21, 2013
"It seems like a paradox: Americans are increasingly worried about the gap between rich and poor, but are hesitant to have the government do anything about it..." Read more...

 

NEW REPUBLIC ARTICLE


"Facing the Facts Doesn't Always Change Minds"
By Timothy Noah
The New Republic, March 12, 2013
"To what extent does the American polity’s resistance to government programs that redistribute income reflect conviction, as opposed to mere lack of information?.." Read more...

 

BOSTON REVIEW ARTICLE


"Taxing Away Inequality"
By David Grusky
The Boston Review, February 28, 2013
"Last month, U.C. Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez spoke to the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University about his pioneering research into global income inequality..." Read more...

 

NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE


"Grand Old Parity"
By Sheila C. Bair
The New York Times, February 26, 2013
"The Great Recession narrowed the gap a bit, but now, once again, the richest Americans are vacuuming up what wealth is out there, a trend that Mr. Saez expects to continue..." Read more...

 

WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE


"How the ultra-rich are pulling away from the ‘merely’ rich"
By Dylan Matthews
The Washington Post, February 19, 2013
"Until the 1970s, the bottom 90 percent had actually seen its income grow more than any other income group..." Read more...