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.

May 17, 2016

The Point: This paper looks at the overall gains in life expectancy in the United States and contributes to the discussion of how equally or unequally these gains have been distributed across different segments of the population.


Although, life expectancy in the United States has been growing since the 1990s, qu...

May 12, 2016

The  Point: The "99%" and the "1%" - we often talk about these groups as if they are static, frozen in time, but are they?


Hirschl and Rank draw light into the dynamic nature of inequality in this paper by attempting to calculate the likelihood that an American, at some point between the ages of 25 and 60,...

May 8, 2016

The Point: Rognlie starts by highlighting the link between recent discussions on inequality and the area of macroeconomic research dealing with capital and labor shares of income. 


Piketty, for example, argues that the high concentration of capital in the hands of a few, and returns on capital, which exceed...

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