Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know®

ISBN : 9780190250478

James K. Galbraith
224 ページ
141 x 209 mm
What Everyone Needs to Know



  • Provides a wide-ranging and lucid guide to one of the most urgent questions of our time, based in part on a massive and original investigation into the growth of inequality around the world
  • Introduces readers to the important issue of economic inequality---a hot-button topic in the 2016 presidential elections
  • Explains the results of original, noteworthy, and comprehensive economic data analysis in a way that is easily understood by anyone, even those with no background in economics

Over the past thirty years, the issue of economic inequality has emerged from the backwaters of economics to claim center stage in the political discourse of America and beyond---a change prompted by a troubling fact: numerous measures of income inequality, especially in the United States in the last quarter of the twentieth century, have risen sharply in recent years. Even so, many people remain confused about what, exactly, politicians and media persons mean when they discuss inequality. What does "economic inequality" mean? How is it measured? Why should we care? Why did inequality rise in the United States? Is rising inequality an inevitable feature of capitalism? What should we do about it? 
Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know takes up these questions and more in plain and clear language, bringing to life one of the great economic and political debates of our age. Inequality expert James K. Galbraith has compiled the latest economic research on inequality and explains his findings in a way that everyone can understand. He offers a comprehensive introduction to the study of economic inequality, including its philosophical and theoretical origins, the variety of concepts in wide use, empirical measures and their advantages and disadvantages, competing modern theories of the causes and effects of rising inequality in the United States and worldwide, and a range of policy measures.
The topic of economic inequality is going to become only more important as we approach the 2016 presidential elections. This latest addition to the popular What Everyone Needs to Know series from Oxford University Press will tell you everything you need to know to make informed opinions on this significant issue.


1. Inequality: Should We Care?
2. Inequality in the History of Economic Thought
3. Categorical Inequality
4. Major Concepts of Distribution
5. Measures of Inequality and Sources of Data
6. Causes and Consequences of Changing Inequalities
7. Norms and Policies


James K. Galbraith teaches at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Harvard and Yale, and was a Marshall Scholar at King's College, Cambridge. He served as Executive Director of the Joint Economic Committee, US Congress, in the early 1980s. In 2010 he was elected to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. In 2012, he was President of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. He is the 2014 co-winner of the Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.