The Upside of Inequality

The Upside of Inequality

How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class

Book - 2016
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"Four years ago, Edward Conard wrote a controversial bestseller, Unintended Consequences, which set the record straight on the financial crisis of 2008 and explained why U.S. growth was accelerating relative to other high-wage economies. He warned that loose monetary policy would produce neither growth nor inflation, that expansionary fiscal policy would have no lasting benefit on growth in the aftermath of the crisis, and that ill-advised attempts to rein in banking based on misplaced blame would slow an already weak recovery. Unfortunately, he was right. Now he's back with another provocative argument- that our current obsession with income inequality is misguided and will only slow growth further. Using fact-based logic, Conard tracks the implications of an economy now constrained by both its capacity for risk-taking and by a shortage of properly trained talent-rather than by labor or capital, as was the case historically. He uses this fresh perspective to challenge the conclusions of liberal economists like Larry Summers and Joseph Stiglitz and the myths of ocrony capitalismo more broadly. Instead, he argues that the outsized success of the most successful Americans is not to blame for the stagnating incomes of the middle and working classes. If anything, their success has put upward pressure on employment and wages. Conard argues that high payoffs for success motivate talent to get the training and take the risks that gradually loosen the constraints to growth. Well-meaning attempts to decrease inequality through redistribution dull these incentives, gradually hurting not just the 1 percent but everyone else as well. Conard outlines a plan for growing middle- and working-class wages in an economy with a near infinite supply of labor that is shifting from capital-intensive manufacturing to knowledge-intensive, innovation-driven fields. He urges us to stop blaming the success of the 1 percent for slow wage growth and embrace the upside of inequality- faster growth and greater prosperity for everyone."
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2016]
ISBN: 9781595231239
Branch Call Number: 339.22 CON
Characteristics: 311 pages :,illustrations


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Sep 16, 2018

Fairly typical right wing opinions, as one would expect. Only the top 1% of the population are productive, and nothing (like taxes) should impede them, otherwise society will suffer. Supported by some economic data that bears comparison with more conventional sources. Has some valid criticism of Picketty and Saez.
The structure of the book is tedious, consisting of setting up and demolishing some very inaccurate characterisations of liberal viewpoints.

Apr 11, 2018

“Why Edward Conard Is Wrong About Income Inequality”
by Timothy Noah, posted May 29, 2012, at Huffpost, The Blog

Sep 17, 2016

Oh wow! This dude really knows his stuff! JUST KIDDING!!!!
This clown is a complete and total charlatan, a disinformation specialist of the first order, am unfamiliar with his background, but that is probably why there's no bio of of this fraudster included!
Total bull! Opinion without well-sourced fact is propaganda. [one-half star means AWFUL! Rating: Totally bogus!]
{If Larry Summers is a // liberal economist \\ then that lobbyist for the central banksters [], has a bizarre anti-worker, anti-women-in-science-and-economics, anti-national-sovereignty way of showing it!}

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