the 2 Minute Paper

Our 2min summaries provide a quick overview of academic papers on inequality (and some books). The idea of the 2-minute paper is to crowd-source a literature review that is useful to our group members. If you've recently read an interesting paper or book and would like to submit a summary, please visit our submission page.

October 16, 2017

Summary: "This presentation seeks to analyze the impact that International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy prescriptions have had on income inequality after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis (AFC). The consensus in the academic literature is that the IMF's intervention in crisis-hit countries widens the distribution of...

October 16, 2017

The Point:  This empirical analysis explores the household characteristics that predict the presence, magnitude, and deferral of education loans. By conducting regression analyses on the Survey of Consumer Finances, we interpret how education debt relates to a variety of factors in covariate classes of Education...

October 16, 2017

Summary: The present study has the objective to compare different capitalist
systems by focusing on specific distributional features of the latter.
Particularly, the distribution of income sources, notably of profits and wages,
as well as the distribution of total consumption and savings across the
population wi...

October 16, 2017

Questions:  Now that inequality in the U.S. has returned to levels not seen since The Gilded Age and the country has experienced another financial crisis, why have there not been equivalent reforms? What are the issues facing social movements against inequality in the U.S.?

The Point: This essay reveals that whil...

October 16, 2017

The Point: This paper studies the effect of mayors aligned with a centre left presidential
coalition on policy outcomes and corruption. I use Regression Discontinuity Design in
Brazilian municipal elections for two mayoral terms, from 2001 to 2008.

Results indicate that municipalities aligned with the president’...

October 16, 2017

The Point: This paper analyzes the direct effect of social origin on the labour market outcomes of
graduates in Italy. While there are studies that scrutinize the effect of social origins on the
labour market outcomes of highly educated individuals, a major challenge for these studies
lies in the measurement of...

October 16, 2017

The Point: Research on inequality should seek to discover the structures that prevent people
from leading the kind of life they ‘have reason to value’, and the problem with inequality is
that many people do not have this option (Sen 2006: 35).

One of the most neglected structures that prevent people from leading...

October 16, 2017

Summary: It is generally argued that employment is gendered biased. Women not only are
underrepresented in the paid labour force, but they are also over-represented in certain types
of jobs. Moreover, their proportion tends to be lower in higher positions and they are affected
by gender wage gaps (Rubery and Gri...

October 16, 2017

The Point: One major characteristic of the process of economic development is the movement of people from rural to urban areas. As a result, the percentage of population living in urban areas (the rate of urbanization) increases, with economic development usually going hand-to-hand with urbanization. According t...

The Question: Does a carbon tax necessarily exacerbate existing inequality? 

The Point: Climate change and economic inequality are inextricably linked.  Without substantial action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, research finds that climate change will disproportionately harm the poor both within the United St...

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