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Inequality And Equity

Inequality And Equity

by Charles T. Jr. Stewart
     
 

Attempting to explain increased income inequality and decreased productivity growth, this book considers distribution not just in terms of income but also in terms of education and health care: two long-term determinants of income. Reviewing partial explanations, it notes the conflict between claims of rapid technological change and decreased productivity

Overview

Attempting to explain increased income inequality and decreased productivity growth, this book considers distribution not just in terms of income but also in terms of education and health care: two long-term determinants of income. Reviewing partial explanations, it notes the conflict between claims of rapid technological change and decreased productivity growth and shows the limited impact of policies affecting income redistribution. Although education and health care have become more equally distributed, the work notes, higher educational attainment has had a minimal effect on occupational distribution, and with improved access to medical care, the disparity between the health of the poor and the rest of the population has not decreased.

In conclusion, the work notes that attitudes toward income inequality differ from attitudes toward inequality in education and health care. Attitudes toward income inequalty accept a floor but no ceiling; whereas equal access to education, qualified by ability, and access to health care based on need are generally accepted.

Editorial Reviews

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The final subject index entry, winner-take-all, exemplifies the evolution from lower life forms' attitudes and recent policies underlying the inequality of US income distribution that Stewart (emeritus, economics, George Washington U.) critiques. He analyzes inequality of wealth (often overlooked) as well as income, access to other desiderata in limited or fixed supply (e.g. organ transplants, education), and tolerance of differences (referring to values conceived by the public rather than professional thinkers). Includes 23 economic indicator tables. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313303104
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/30/1998
Series:
Contributions in Economics and Economic History Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES T. STEWART, JR. is Professor Emeritus of Economics at George Washington University. His latest books include Healthy, Wealthy, or Wise? (1995) and Technology Transfer and Human Factors (1987).

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