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Income inequality revisited 60 years later: Piketty vs Kuznets

Ivan Lyubimov

Russian Journal of Economics, 2017, vol. 3, issue 1, 42-53

Abstract: This paper compares two popular views on the evolution of income inequality. The article by Simon Kuznets, which was published in American Economic Review in 1955, considers inequality as a byproduct of economic growth and suggests that a relatively rich economy should also be less unequal. In contrast, Thomas Piketty indicates that inequality is progressing, and an internationally coordinated policy is required to bring inequality under control. My paper applies the arguments of Kuznets and Piketty to the problem of income inequality in modern Russia.

Keywords: income inequality; economic growth; labor income; economic rents; CEOs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I24 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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