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ECON 320 Discourse on Income Inequality (1)

Rising income disparity has sparked heated public discourse on the nature, causes and impacts of income inequality. Some scholars maintain that inequality is a natural, healthy product of a capitalist market economy and a stimulus for competition and progress. Others insist that vast income inequality produces debilitating impacts on the economy and society. Some attribute inequality to openness to trade while others blame government taxes and other policies. This course will explore these different theories of income inequality and the policy implications of these contending perspectives.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Social Sciences
  • Prerequisite: ECON 132
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Liang