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Book review: Blanchard, O. and D. Rodrik (2021), Combating inequality: rethinking government’s role

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inequality, poverty

Abstract (summary)

Introductory mainstream microeconomics textbooks like Mankiw et al. (2020) relegate the discussion on inequality towards the end of the book’s chapters, where the text focuses more on poverty reduction instead of the contemporary discussions on the Top 1 per cent and wealth taxes. Often the topic is not addressed at the ECON 101 level. Anecdotally, some economists believe that the concern with inequality rests predominantly on envy. This is why the book Combating Inequality edited by Blanchard and Rodrik is pressingly significant, as it comprises 29 articles, which converge towards the consensus that inequality must be effectively addressed beyond poverty alleviation (p. xiii). The articles are short and readable and can be easily assigned in undergraduate classes including ECON 101 to spur discussion and interest in one of the most pressing issues of our times.

Publication Information

Jahangir, J. B. (2022). Book review: Blanchard, O. and D. Rodrik (2021): Combating Inequality: Rethinking Government’s Role, Cambridge, MA, USA (312 pages, The MIT Press, hardcover, ISBN 9780262045612), European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, 19(2), 294-297.


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