Income & Wealth

    The Institute strongly supports collecting data and generating better theories about income and wealth. We use a multidisciplinary approach, casting a wide net to better understand these issues which sit at the heart of contemporary economics.

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    [PART 2] U.S. Current Account Deficits and German Surpluses: The Role of Income Distribution in Global Imbalances

    In our two papers, we analyze how changes in personal and functional (wages versus profits) income distribution interact to produce different macroeconomic outcomes in different countries. On the basis of a stock-flow consistent model calibrated for the United States, Germany, and China, simulations suggest that a substantial part of the increase in household debt and the decrease in the current account in the United States since the early 1980s can be explained by the interplay of rising (top-end) household income inequality and certain institutions (e.g. easy access to credit, privately financed education and health care systems). Read more

    The Good Life

    Every nation faces the challenge of imagining what a good life means. Sound nutrition, shelter, health care, personal safety, social stability, security of savings, clean air and water, and the development of children are among the elements of what many envision as vital to a happy and healthy society. Read more