How much is technology progress responsible for the creation of the wealth gap?
In an era where economic policymaking skews strongly toward free-market forces, London School of Economics professor Anthony Atkinson—one of the world’s top academics on inequality and income distribution—still stands in defense of government intervention to redress the lopsided state of wealth that prevails in so many countries today.
In fact, Atkinson’s new book, Inequality: What Can Be Done?, reads like a manifesto for old-school, left-wing politics and a reaffirmation of Keynesian ideas: healthy minimum wages, employment assurances, a capital endowment for young adults, tax discounts for the needy. It’s all there and more, with novel twists.
Read the interview with Sir Anthony Atkinson on his new book in WIRED.