The Consequences of Extreme Inequality

In 1912, Italian statistician Corrado Gini introduced a concept (which came to take his name) called the Gini Coefficient. The coefficient, which is a measure of statistical dispersion, is used primarily to measure the level of economic inequality, such as income, wealth, and consumption inequality. This coefficient is calculated by subtracting from cumulative income in … Continue reading The Consequences of Extreme Inequality

Investigating Social Security Privatization

Introduced as part of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, Social Security redefined the role of the government in American life in an almost revolutionary way, similar to the widespread adoption of public education. Despite it's out-sized impact, Old Age and Survivors Insurance (what most people refer to when they speak of Social Security) continues to be … Continue reading Investigating Social Security Privatization

We Can’t Quite Call Sluggish Growth Endemic

The pace of economic progress in America has been just shy of miserable over these past few years. Sure, the stock market is booming, unemployment (until COVID) had reached a half-century low, and most Americans were satisfied with the state of the economy and their personal financial and material well being. None of this is … Continue reading We Can’t Quite Call Sluggish Growth Endemic

Discussing The Progressive Consumption Tax

In early January 2003, a interesting bill was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee: H.R.269 Simplified USA Tax Act of 2003. This bill, sponsored by then-Representative of Pennsylvania Phil English, would, among other things, replace the federal income, estate, and gift taxes with a "progressive consumption tax." In the other words, a tax … Continue reading Discussing The Progressive Consumption Tax