By Donald Rapp

This booklet offers at a few size with the query: due to the fact that there are lots of extra bad than wealthy, why don’t the bad simply tax the wealthy seriously and decrease the inequality? within the nineteenth century and the 1st 1/2 the twentieth century, the subject of inequality used to be mentioned greatly. finishing or lowering inequality used to be a primary motivating think about the emergence of communism and socialism. The publication discusses why later within the twentieth century, inequality has pale out as a topic. huge tables and graphs of information are provided displaying the level of inequality in the US, in addition to globally. it truly is proven mix of low taxes on capital profits contributed to a sequence of actual property and inventory bubbles that supplied nice wealth to the pinnacle levels, whereas genuine source of revenue for general staff stagnated. stronger advertisement potency because of pcs, electronics, the net and speedy delivery allowed creation and distribution with fewer employees, simply because the introduction of electrification, mechanization, creation traces, autos and trains within the Twenties and Thirties produced an identical stagnating effect.

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7 The stock market level and household wealth in the USA (arbitrary units, scaled to fit). The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( DJIA) is shown scaled to base 100 in 1960. (By permission of Didier Sornette, Sornette and Cauwels 2014) due to real estate appreciation during the housing bubble may have actually played an even bigger role, as it is well documented that the so-called wealth effect of house value is about twice that of the financial markets. As long as the incomes drawn from financial assets are re-invested, the fortunes increase independently of any material link with the real sphere and the variation can potentially increase without serious impediment.

As their paper wealth increases from the surge in asset prices, households save less from earned income because their future is secured by their increases in asset values, and thus they spend more on consumer goods and services. When stock prices increase, firms can raise cash from existing and new investors at lower costs and can undertake new projects that would be less profitable. Greenspan referred to this as “the wealth effect” and seemed to think it was a good thing to be encouraged by policies of the Fed.

Similarly, suppose we could all agree to increase the price of stocks by a factor of 10. That would benefit the rich the most, but it would also increase the net worth of many in the middle class, 22 Bubbles, Booms, and Busts particularly those at the higher end. Now if costs of consumer goods and services did not change much as a result of these changes in asset prices, consumers could borrow against the increase in value of their homes, or sell some securities, and use the money so released to purchase many more goods and services than they could yesterday.

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