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The New Economics of Income Distribution
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The New Economics of Income Distribution

Introducing Equilibrium Concepts into a Contested Field

9781783472369 Edward Elgar Publishing
Friedrich L. Sell, formerly Professor of Macroeconomics and Economic Policy, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
Publication Date: 2015 ISBN: 978 1 78347 236 9 Extent: 288 pp
With the increased interest in the role of inequality in modern economies, this timely and original book explores income distribution as an equilibrium phenomenon. Though globalization tends to destroy earlier equilibria within industrialized and developing countries, new equilibria are bound to emerge. The book aims at a better understanding of the forces that create these new equilibria in income distribution and examines the concept at three distinct levels: market equilibrium, bargaining equilibrium and political economy equilibrium. In particular, the author addresses the question of how the main factor markets of labour and capital are related to income distribution.

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With the increased interest in the role of inequality in modern economies, this timely and original book explores income distribution as an equilibrium phenomenon. Though globalization tends to destroy earlier equilibria within industrialized and developing countries, new equilibria are bound to emerge. The book aims at a better understanding of the forces that create these new equilibria in income distribution and examines the concept at three distinct levels: market equilibrium, bargaining equilibrium and political economy equilibrium. In particular, the author addresses the question of how the main factor markets of labour and capital are related to income distribution.

Sell’s theoretical and empirical analysis investigates global income quotas, the aggregate distribution of income between labour and capital, and between labour income earners and profit income earners. New models are used to explain the dynamics of income distribution during business cycles and as a companion to long-term economic growth. A main focus of the monograph is on the ways in which globalization affects income distribution via trade flows, capital flows and labour mobility. Throughout, income distribution is regarded as a result of the struggle between different social preferences such as inequity aversion and equity aversion.

This erudite and extensive tome will be of value to all economists, scholars and students interested in economic growth and inequality.
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‘The study of income inequality is of fundamental importance to economics, although it has been largely overlooked since the 1980s. This book provides a long-overdue review of the study of income inequality and of its importance both to the economic welfare of modern advanced economies and their social cohesion. This book both widens the traditional scope of the subject to include, for example, the long-run effects of globalisation on income inequality, but also integrates the various models models to provide a coherent and consistent analysis of this important issue.’
– Eric J. Pentecost, Loughborough University, UK

‘This thoroughly researched volume will contribute massively to our understanding of income distribution and of the highly complex roots of inequality, will generate more research on the many linkages that the author has found between different factors, and will generally be the point from which future research in the field sets out.’
– Citizen’s Income

‘Sell’s book provides a welcome addition to the recent array of books on inequality. It combines empirical discussion with a solid discussion of existing theory combined with original ideas on what might be driving inequality and how policy can affect it. I recommend this book be read by undergraduates interested in the topic as well as by more advanced researchers and practitioners alike.’
– Journal of Economics / Zeitschrift für Nationalökonomie

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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Various Concepts of Equilibrium in Economics 3. Income Distribution and the Labour Market 4. Income Distribution and the Capital Market 5. Income Distribution and the Business Cycle 6. Income Distribution and Economic Growth 7. Factor Mobility and Income Distribution 8. International Trade and Income Distribution 9. Final Remarks Bibliography Index
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