James Kirkup’s recent piece on social mobility, ‘Too posh to fail’,  is an interesting contribution to the debate because it begins to grapple with the fact that intergenerational inequality is not just about people from advantaged backgrounds being better educated. It is also that they have the “soft skills, demeanour and habits that a privileged […]

It’s hardy a novel or arresting insight to say positions of power bring with them greater moral responsibilities. It’s Spider-Man’s catchphrase for goodness’ sake. The reason  is obvious: a powerful role means that a person can have a greater influence on more people’s lives. Therefore it is really important to ensure that impact is a […]

Responding to the ongoing debate among economists about Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a 70% tax rate on the very richest Americans, Chris Dillow  says: “I’ve never been comfortable with the marginal utility argument for high top tax rates. One reason why the rich are rich is that they value an additional dollar highly”. I […]

This is getting to be a tradition now. As in 2016, and 2017, I have decided to rank my favourite things of the year. To be eligible, I had to discover or experience the thing for the first time in 2018. BOOKS 1. Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam A compellingly written piece of reportage, Dreamers follows […]

I’ve been troubled this week by Arindrajit Dube’s anecdote about the Nobel-prize winning economist Gary Becker: In case you don’t speak economics, what this means is that Becker thought we can’t say that domestic violence is incontrovertibly a bad thing, because we need to consider the benefits to abusers against the harms to those who […]

I’ve written a review of Dreamers by Snigdha Poonam for the LSE Review of Books. It’s a fascinating and important book, so I’ve had a go at drawing out some of its political implications in the review: Each chapter in Dreamers profiles a different segment of India’s youth: behind the scenes at a Buzzfeed-style website […]

Cross-posted from the Inequalities Blog. For all the attention that economic inequality has received in recent years, it is too rarely noticed that the largest disparities in living conditions are between people in rich countries and those who are poor by global standards. Yet for those of us concerned about global inequality, the political trends […]