Monday, July 16, 2007

Trends in inequality

This weekend the New York Times reported on the ultra-rich, philanthropy, and tax rates and brought to mind the debate over trends in U.S. income inequality. Are we in another Gilded Age of hyper-rich robber barons?

What I've not seen is a broader treatment of trends in inequality in well-being, one that includes the dimensions of health and life span. Since income and health tend to be correlated, I think such a project would be revealing if difficult.