Week 12: Poverty, inequality, welfare and crime

Lecture recording

Lecture notes

Tutorial readings

Required readings:

  • Timothy Noah, The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, Bloomsbury, 2012, The Introduction and Chapter.
  • Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson, Winner-take-all politics : how Washington made the rich richer--and turned its back on the middle class, New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Supplementary:

  • Bruce Western and Jake Rosenfeld, “Unions, Norms, and the Rise in US Wage Inequality,” American Sociological Review, 76(4), 2011.
  • Brendon O’Connor, A Political History of the American Welfare System (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Chapter 10

Links

Welfare reform

Marginal Tax Rates

Gini coefficient US

Comparative

Income distribution

Academic evidence

Wealth inequality

Social problems in the USA

Poverty and inequality

Poverty in 2014

Child Poverty

Inequality: US v Europe

Income mobility and place

Comparative inequality statistics

Great article on tax avoidance