Tammy Harel Ben-Shahar (Haifa): Positional Goods and the Size of Inequality. Mario Coccia (Arizona State): Economic Inequality Can Generate Unhappiness That Leads to Violent Crime in Society. Zonghuo Yu (JXNU) and Fei Wang (Tsinghua): Income Inequality and Happiness: An Inverted U-Shaped Curve. Livia Gershon on why equality matters more than income. Being rich wrecks your soul — we used to know that. It’s basically just immoral to be rich. David Leonhardt on when the rich said no to getting richer. Inequality is getting so bad it’s threatening the very foundation of economic growth. Martin Wolf on how inequality is a threat to our democracies. How inequality erodes the foundation of modern societies: Robert Reich reviews One Another’s Equals: The Basis of Human Equality by Jeremy Waldron. Nina Varsava (Stanford): Accounting for Equality.

Nate Breznau (MZES) and Carola Hommerich (Hokkaido): The Limits of Income Inequality: Public Support for Social Policy across Rich Democracies. How inequality persists: Increased inequality does not necessarily bring demands for redistribution. Why democracy fails to reduce inequality: A new paper by Thomas Piketty finds that major parties on both sides of the political spectrum have been captured by elites and warns of a future political system that pits “globalists” against “nativists”. How should governments address inequality? Melissa S. Kearney reviews After Piketty: The Agenda for Economics and Inequality, ed. Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong, and Marshall Steinbaum.

Is violence the only way to end inequality? Isaac Chotiner interviews Walter Scheidel, author of The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from the Stone Age to the Twenty-First Century (and more). David Lay Williams on what Steven Pinker gets wrong about economic inequality — and the Enlightenment. The global top 1 percent earned twice as much as the bottom 50 percent in recent years. World’s richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half. Inequality and the coming storm: Rising inequality may be the greatest economic challenge of our time, but it’s not the first time human civilization has faced it.

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