Joseph Stiglitz: The Price of Inequality A critical assessment of the author's argument in the debate on the relationship between inequality and economic growth. The Price of. Inequality. JOSEPH STIGLITZ was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics in and is a mem- ber of the Berggruen Institute's 21st Century. The Price of Inequality. How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future. Joseph E. Stiglitz (Author, Columbia University). Sign up for the monthly New.
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Ascolta Inequality is one of the key themes that Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize for Economics and American writer, explored during meetings organized by the Adecco Group and Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, within the scope of its research activities on the Jobless Society Platform. Social, economic and cultural transformation of work-related aspects were among the themes addressed by Professor Stiglitz during his readings of "Inequality is not a destiny" held last May 12 at the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli during the cycle of events "Milano Talks, incontri sul futuro del lavoro Milano Talks, meetings about the future of work ". Here below, we would like to share the views of Professor Joseph Stiglitz, which can also be downloaded in PDF format: "Inequalities, technology and growth: some observations". The stakes are high: inequality and growth In recent years, the growing focus on economic inequality among different sections of the population has been calling for innovation of the traditional economic and political systems with a view to interpreting, supporting and regulating change in a fair and sustainable manner. The general perception of what politicians can do about this inequality has become uncertain, also due to a strong employment crisis in many economic sectors, both in Italy and in the rest of the world. The impact of the crisis on working conditions generates strong social conflicts and both economic and political instability, thus broadening the consensus on populist and sovereigntist agendas. About a third of a century ago, the rules of the market economy had started to be rewritten based on a simple idea: that lowering taxes would liberalise and encourage the economy, and that giving people more chances to express their creativity would generate rapid economic growth.
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While market forces play a role in this stark picture. In this best-selling book. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz exposes the efforts of well-heeled interests to compound their wealth in ways that have stifled true.
Along the way he examines the effect of inequality on our economy. Stiglitz explains how inequality affects and is affected by every aspect of national policy. Joseph Stiglitz Language: English Grade Level: E-Books Seller information: SlideShare Explore Search You. Submit Search. Successfully reported this slideshow. We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Upcoming SlideShare.
The impact of the crisis on working conditions generates strong social conflicts and both economic and political instability, thus broadening the consensus on populist and sovereigntist agendas. About a third of a century ago, the rules of the market economy had started to be rewritten based on a simple idea: that lowering taxes would liberalise and encourage the economy, and that giving people more chances to express their creativity would generate rapid economic growth. Nobody at that time though that such a decision would lead to greater inequality; in fact, the general belief was that growth would be so high that even the poorer end of the population would benefit.
This was the idea behind the decision; however, it did not produce the desired effects. Indeed, growth slowed and inequality increased. The good news - according to Stiglitz - is that, if inequality is the result of our actions, then we can reverse course by changing the rules.
We can restructure our economy so as to restore more equitable conditions and govern the Fourth Industrial Revolution in a more sustainable manner, distributing - or redistributing - the benefits of technology, and avoiding a further increase in inequality. The impact of technology on inequality Among the various forms of unfairness that we can observe today inequality in income, wealth, health services and opportunities there are also those induced and fed by technological evolution.
If, one day, machines were to produce everything we need, then the skills needed to make them operate would be the capital on which institutions would have to invest, so as to redistribute the benefits and reduce inequality.
From an economic point of view, technological innovations already generate wage differentials and contribute to polarise the labour market. High value-added professional roles requiring specialised technical skills are associated with far higher salaries than jobs with a low knowledge content. However, even recent empirical data may not be sufficient to make certain conclusions, as we will find out later.
Furthermore, at some points, it seems as if Stiglitz writes about certain aspects as if they were a given fact, whereas it is merely a reflection of the author's own view. An example of this is when Stiglitz argues that the financial sector has "powerfully" contributed to the current level of inequality As to why this is so, he refers to his previous book,'Freefall', in which he explained several reasons as to why the financial sector did "not perform its functions well in the run-up to the crisis Especially, since there are so many different views and opinions on who and what has contributed to the crises and slow economic growth.
Another example is when Stiglitz argues that "those at the top, of course, have continued to be helped by the Federal Reserve We have seen how Stiglitz blames the government and rent seeking activities by the top, for most of the inequality.
However, when we read other books and articles on this subject, we can observe opposed views. Therefore, it is important to realize that other factors, on which Stiglitz does not focus so much, may have contributed to the inequality to a much larger extent than Stiglitz suggests. This is because the book represents Stiglitz view on the issue, which might be formed by different experiences and factors than other scholars. Thus, in order to support his arguments, Stiglitz uses data and findings of research methods which, more or less, are in line with his own argument.
However, it would have been useful if Stiglitz had been less subjective and if he had discussed different views and opinions more thoroughly throughout his book.
This, while the relationship between inequality and growth has been subject to debate for a long time. For example, Barro, in his article 'Inequality and Growth in a Panel of Countries', states that "there is evidence that the negative effect of inequality on growth shows up for poor countries but that the relationship for rich countries is positive", but that the "overall effect of inequality on growth" is weak 8.
Furthermore, Panizza and Frank are two other scholars who have studied the relationship between inequality and growth in the United States, and who both reached different conclusions.
Panizza finds no relationship at all, whereas Frank concludes that there is a positive long-run relationship. These are just few of the many different outcomes, which suggests that assessing the relationship between inequality and economic growth is highly complicated.
In my opinion, this is a good enough reason to directly challenge Stiglitz's argument. On top of that, it must be stressed that much of the existing empirical literature did not make use of the "appropriate distributional statistics", due to the "limited availability of distributional data", as Brzezinski indicates 4.
He adds to this that "most of the empirical studies have relied on the most popular inequality measure - namely, the Gini index - which is most sensitive to changes in the middle of the distribution 4. Another flaw of the book, in my opinion, is that Stiglitz justifies his focus on rent seeking, as main cause of inequality, as a matter of different opinions. As he states, "as expected a few critics suggested that I paid less attention to market forces than I should have and, correspondingly, gave too much weight to rent seeking.
As I explain in the text, it is essentially impossible to single out any one factor's relative contribution, given how intertwined the various forces shaping inequality are; there can be honest differences of opinion 12, This statement, in my view, significantly affects the validity of his argument.
This is reinforced by the fact that many scholars ascribe much of the inequality to other factors and events. A third flaw of the book could be observed if we look at how Stiglitz approaches other views with regard to the cause of inequality.
In my opinion, it is necessary to stay objective, even though a particular finding might seem more plausible than another. We know by now that Stiglitz sees rent seeking and, especially, the lack of governmental action in stopping this, as the main cause behind inequality.
This might have led to the fact that he connects almost every other possible cause to this argument. For example, he states that globalization has certainly contributed to the growing inequality, but he immediately adds to this that this is so because of the way "globalization has been 5 managed", and that the people at the top are "among the winners from globalization in the United States