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Remember that study saying America is an oligarchy? 3 rebuttals say it's wrong. - Vox
So it's hard to say definitively, based on this data, that the rich are getting what they want more than the middle class. And it's hard to claim, as Gilens and Page do, that "ordinary citizens get what they want from government only when they happen to agree with elites or interest groups that are really calling the shots." Even when they disagree with elites, ordinary citizens get what they want about half the time.
lobbying  voxeu 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Measuring unfair inequality | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal
With roots in the work of Rawls (1971) and Dworkin (1981a, 1981b), this line of thinking has been crystallised in the work of John Roemer (1998) through the distinction between ‘circumstance’ and ‘effort’ as determinants of income. Circumstance refers to those factors which are outside the control of the individual such as race, gender, parental wealth, and so on,1 while effort is meant to characterise those factors which the individual controls and which in turn affect income.
VoxEU  fairness  inequality  2018 
october 2018 by suitable
Trends in mortality inequality in the US and France | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal
The pattern for the US, shown by the dashed blue lines, is very different. There is a strong positive gradient already at young ages and inequality in mortality is higher than in France over the entire life cycle. While this can be seen as bad news, the comparison of the dashed lines for 1990 and 2010 reveals strong improvement at younger ages.
VoxEU  health  mortality  France  U.S.A.  1990  2010 
september 2018 by suitable
Income inequality in France | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal
Regarding the rise of top labour incomes, it is worth stressing that it occurred only at the very top (i.e. above the 95th percentile) and mostly within the top 1% and top 0.1%. It is difficult for standard explanations based upon technical change and changing supply and demand of skills to fully explain this concentration of rising inequality at the very top. It seems more promising to stress the role of institutional factors governing pay setting processes for top managerial compensation, including corporate governance, the decline of unions and collective bargaining processes, and the drop in top income tax rates (see Piketty et al. 2014).
VoxEU  Piketty  inequality  France  2018 
september 2018 by suitable
The missing profits of nations | VOX, CEPR Policy Portal
Close to 40% of multinational profits were artificially shifted to tax havens in 2015, and this massive tax avoidance – and the failure to curb it – are in effect leading more and more countries to give up on taxing multinational companies.
taxes  fiscality  VoxEU 
july 2018 by suitable
A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they’re so pissed off - Vox
Robert Wuthnow
I make it very clear in the book that this is largely a choice. It’s not as though these people are desperate to leave but can’t. They value their local community. They understand its problems, but they like knowing their neighbors and they like the slow pace of life and they like living in a community that feels small and closed. Maybe they’re making the best of a bad situation, but they choose to stay.
Poverty  USA  culture  Inequality  voxeu 
july 2018 by HispanicPundit
Democrats are taking a hard line on immigration — from the left - Vox
Democrats have come to defer to organized immigration activists in a way they didn’t 10 years ago, or even during the early years of the Obama administration. Thanks in part to a change of strategy by major labor unions, whose success in organizing immigrant-heavy professions like the hospitality industry rather than relying on its traditional manufacturing base, this important component of the Democratic base has wholly embraced the idea of comprehensive immigration reform. As a result, the party has moved substantially to the left on the issue of immigration enforcement.
Democrats  Immigration  voxeu 
october 2017 by HispanicPundit
NAFTA and other trade deals have not gutted American manufacturing — period - Vox
Try to calculate the share that those three “bad trade agreements” played in the processes of manufacturing job loss, of widening income inequality, and the coming of the overclass of the Second Gilded Age, and — as long as you calculate honestly — you get a share of responsibility of less than 5 percent, and usually less than 1 percent
TPP  NAFTA  free-trade  delong  voxeu 
february 2017 by HispanicPundit
Trump is a disaster, but talk of a “whitelash” is misguided — and counterproductive - Vox
However, were they "racists" in any sense that would justify affixing such a contemptuous label upon someone trying their best in this vale of tears called life? Certainly not. They did not wish it were still 1950. Plenty of them, and people in their family, were dating or married to people of color. And it wasn't, and never had been, an issue.

Because of geography and time, I don't know these people well anymore, but I am quite sure of two things. One is that some of them voted for Trump. The second is that they did not think of Barack Obama as "that nigger in the White House," not even "on some level" or "intersectionally." They were almost certainly toasting with champagne that September night in 2008 as I was. If they voted for Trump this time, it was a matter of their priorities, not hating black people.
Trump  mcwhorter  voxeu 
november 2016 by HispanicPundit
You don’t understand how deadly World War II was. This video explains why.
It's the starkness of Halloran's video that really hits home. He simply represents the total death tally with a series of human figures, each standing in for 1000 deaths. So when the gigantic column of dead Soviet soldiers flies by, dwarfing every other combatant, you get a chilling sense of just how immense the conflict on the Eastern Front was. And when you see the column of Jews murdered by the Nazis, broken down by where and how they were killed, you understand the true enormity of the Final Solution's apparatus of murder.
wwii  voxeu  video 
april 2016 by HispanicPundit
Climate policy: Prices versus equity | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
a simple rule stating that carbon budgets should be allocated according to a nonlinear function of current emissions per capita; the explicit expression for the budget reads Carbon budget = (Emissions per capita)^{0.25}.
sustainability  taxes  Voxeu  carbon  fairness 
october 2015 by suitable
The political economy of liberal democracy | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
N.B. Fareed Zakaria coined the term ‘illiberal democracy’ for political regimes such as these that hold regular elections but routinely violate rights (Zakaria 1997). More recently, political scientists Steve Levitsky and Lucan Way (2010) have used the term ‘competitive authoritarianism’ to describe what they view as hybrid regimes between democracy and autocracy.
Politics  sociology  power  Voxeu  Rodrik 
october 2015 by suitable
Variable geometry bites back: Schäuble’s motives | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
Return to 1994: 1) As it turned out, the Maastricht criteria that were meant to implement Mr Schäuble’s vision failed to keep Southern European countries out of the euro, 2) the crucial role of Germany (and France) in scuttling the credibility of the Stability Pact’s fiscal policy rules in 2003.
Voxeu  Greece  eurozone  Germany  sovereignty  2015 
july 2015 by suitable

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