1st Edition

Capitalism and Inequality The Role of State and Market

Edited By G.P. Manish, Stephen C. Miller Copyright 2021
    244 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Capitalism and Inequality rejects the popular view that attributes the recent surge in inequality to a failure of market institutions. Bringing together new and original research from established scholars, it analyzes the inequality inherent in a free market from an economic and historical perspective. In the process, the question of whether the recent increase in inequality is the result of crony capitalism and government intervention is explored in depth.

    The book features sections on theoretical perspectives on inequality, the political economy of inequality, and the measurement of inequality. Chapters explore several key questions such as the difference between the effects of market-driven inequality and the inequality caused by government intervention; how the inequality created by regulation affects those who are less well-off; and whether the economic growth that accompanies market-driven inequality always benefits an elite minority while leaving the vast majority behind. The main policy conclusions that emerge from this analysis depart from those that are currently popular. The authors in this book argue that increasing the role of markets and reducing the extent of regulation is the best way to lower inequality while ensuring greater material well-being for all sections of society.

    This key text makes an invaluable contribution to the literature on inequality and markets and is essential reading for students, scholars, and policymakers.

    G.P. Manish and Stephen C. Miller

    1. Capitalism, Cronyism and Inequality
    Randall G. Holcombe

    2. Globalization and Inequality: Does Anyone Lose from Free Trade?
    Donald J. Boudreaux

    3. The Institutional Justice of the Market Process: Entrepreneurship, Increasing Returns, and Income Distribution
    Peter J. Boettke, Rosolino A. Candela, and Kaitlyn Woltz

    4. Growth, Inequality and Unfairness: Comparing the Progressive and Classical Liberal Perspectives
    Steven Horwitz

    5. Government Labor Policies and the Law of Unintended Consequences
    Richard Vedder

    6. Government and the Economic History of American Income Inequality
    Vincent Geloso

    7. Inequality, Monetary Policy and the Gold Standard
    Robert P. Murphy

    8. Market Liberalization and the Poor in India: Measuring Economic Inequality through Consumption
    G.P. Manish

    9. The Economic History of Taxation and Inequality in the United States
    Phillip W. Magness

    10. The Measurement of Income Distribution and the Measurement of Inequality: A Critical Analysis
    Stephen C. Miller


    G.P. Manish is Associate Professor of Economics at Troy University, USA, and BB&T Professor of Economic Freedom at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University, USA.

    Stephen C. Miller is Associate Professor of Economics at Troy University, USA, and Adams-Bibby Chair of Free Enterprise at the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy, Troy University, USA.