The Real Driver of Rising Inequality – Lower Paying Jobs?

Lance Taylor and Özlem Ömer argue that the major reason for rising inequality is that jobs are moving to low wage sectors. In an article based on US jobs data Lance Taylor, argues: Meso level analysis cannot provide microeconomic detail, but it can shed light on broad forces shaping the economy. One key trend has been the movement of … Continue reading The Real Driver of Rising Inequality – Lower Paying Jobs?

Video -Communal areas and traditional authorities

About one third of our population live in former homelands / Bantustans. Yet in the post-apartheid era, we have yet to clarify or confirm the nature of the property rights of these people. Prof Ben Cousins, provides a very useful introduction to the issues and unpacks some of the implications. I am still thinking about … Continue reading Video -Communal areas and traditional authorities

Branko Milanovic on why should we care about inequality

An important, interesting and accessible article on why we should care about inequality. Three reasons are advanced. From the article   Every inequality in the treatment or position of individuals – including inequality in income and wealth – requires understanding and justification, because we are all fundamentally the same. That does not mean we should … Continue reading Branko Milanovic on why should we care about inequality

Branko Milanovic Tweet on Labour Income and Inequality

This is an incredibly interesting Tweet. The graph below shows Gini of Household per capita income around 2013. The conclusion Professor Branko Milanovic draws is important - less unequal countries have a more equal distribution of labour income. It might sound an obvious point to make, but it is hotly debated whether the distribution of … Continue reading Branko Milanovic Tweet on Labour Income and Inequality