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Jobs with Equality

Lane Kenworthy

Abstract

Economic and social shifts have led to rising income inequality in the world's affluent countries. This is worrisome for reasons of fairness and because inequality has adverse effects on other socioeconomic goods. Redistribution can help, but government revenues are threatened by globalization and population aging. A way out of this impasse is for countries to increase their employment rate. Increasing employment enlarges the tax base, allowing tax revenues to rise without an increase in tax rates; it also reduces welfare state costs by decreasing the amount of government benefits going to ind ... More

Keywords: income inequality, redistribution, aging population, employment rate, tax base, welfare state, employment performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550593
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lane Kenworthy, author
Professor of Sociology and Political Science, University of Arizona
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