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Teaching inequality to ECON 101 students

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inequality, Econ 101, top 1%, corporate taxes, wealth tax, top tax rates, teaching economics

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The objective of this paper is to offer an approach for teaching inequality to Econ 101 students. A principal argument made is that it is necessary to teach inequality to Econ 101 students and that any discussion of inequality is incomplete without addressing taxation. Multiple ways of broaching inequality are shown by a review of salient points from various textbooks and think tank analyses. The renewed approach is developed by motivating students through popular memes, data analysis, a comparative outlook of salient ideas, and a simple simulation exercise to study the impact of an increase in the top tax rate on tax revenues.

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Jahangir, J. B. (2022). Teaching inequality to ECON 101 students. International Journal of Pluralism and Economics Education, 13(2), 138-157.


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