Further information on Spring 2020 Courses

 

Steve Strand: Income and Wealth Inequality

 

Course texts

  1. Kimberly Clausing. Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration,and Global Capital. Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA: 2019). List Price $27.95 but available on Amazon (on December 4, 2019) for $13.98 or as Kindle at $15.99.
  1. Emmanual Saez and Gabriel Zucman. The Triumph of Injustice: How the Rich Dodge Taxes and How to Make Them Pay. W. W. Norton & Company (New York: 2019). List Price $27.95, but available on Amazon (on December 4, 2019) for $13.79 or as Kindle for $13.10.

Schedule (subject to modification)

March 26 – Introduction: Clausing, Ch. 1. Saez and Zucman, Ch. 1. Piketty (pp. 43 -51, 150 – 157 with 116, 117, and 291-303 with 272, 273). (Handout)

April 2 – Historical Background: Clausing, Ch. 2. Saez and Zucman, Ch. 2.
                       
April 9 – The Benefits and Costs of International Trade: Clausing, Ch. 3, 4, 5.

April 16 – 1980 and the Redefining of Economic Ideology in the United States: Appelbaum, Chapters 4, 5 (Handout) plus one more reading TBD.

April 23 – Multinational Corporations and Income Inequality. Clausing, Ch. 6, 7. and Stiglitz, Ch. 3 (Handout)

April 30 – Tax Avoidance, International Profit Shifting, and Income Inequality: Saez and Zucman, Ch. 3 – 6.

May 7 -– Tax Reform to Reduce Income Inequality: Clausing, Ch. 10, Saez and Zucman, Ch. 7 – 10.

May 14 – Trade Policies to Reduce Income Inequality: Clausing, Ch. 8, 9, 11, 12.