Inequality and Varieties of Capitalism

New School for Social Research: Economics

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Inequality & Var of Capitalism

Spring 2019

Taught By: David Howell

Section: A

CRN: 6928

Credits: 3

Over the last half century, many rich countries have experienced sharply rising income and wealth inequality, stagnant or declining real earnings, and increasing employment duality and precarity. With neoliberalism ascendant, shared growth has been in retreat – in sharp contrast to the early post-war ‘Golden Age’. But inequality and job quality trends over the last half century have been far from uniform across the advanced capitalist world. This course explores cross-country variations in equitable growth and what explains them. We begin with the facts: What are the trends and how do they differ? The second part of the course will relate these developments to the structures and dynamics of national capitalisms as described and debated in the social structures of accumulation, varieties of capitalism, and worlds of welfare capitalism literatures. With this empirical and theoretical background, the last part of the course focuses on explanations. Specifically, we ask: How compelling is the technology-driven skill mismatch account? If “inclusive” institutions matter, which ones? And if worker bargaining power is the answer, do we see evidence of a tradeoff between inequality/job quality and employment (unemployment) performance, or can a shared growth regime be complementary to full employment?

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Economics (GECO)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 7

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:11am 6/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1009

Date Range: 1/24/2019 - 5/9/2019