Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades
after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the
scale of the problem?talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public
debate?but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair.
According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do
much more than skeptics imagine.
Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings
his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He
presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a