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Exploitation, skills, and inequality

Jonathan Cogliano, Roberto Veneziani and Naoki Yoshihara ()

No SDES-2018-14, Working Papers from Kochi University of Technology, School of Economics and Management

Abstract: This paper uses a computational framework to analyse the equilibrium dynamics of exploitation and inequality in accumulation economies with heterogeneous labour. A novel index is presented which measures the intensity of exploitation at the individual level and the dynamics of the distribution of exploitation intensity is analysed. Various taxation schemes are analysed which may reduce exploitation or inequalities in income and wealth. It is shown that relatively small taxation rates may have signifi cant cumulative effects on wealth and income inequalities. Further, taxation schemes that eliminate exploitation also reduce disparities in income and wealth but in the presence of heterogeneous skills, do not necessarily eliminate them. The inegalitarian effects of different abilities need to be tackled with a progressive education policy that compensates for unfavourable circumstances.

Keywords: Exploitation; heterogeneous labour; wealth taxes; computational methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B51 C63 D31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
Date: 2018-10, Revised 2018-10
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Published in SDE Series, October 2018, pages 1-41

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