Introduction to Income and Wealth Inequality

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Economics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Income & Wealth Inequality
Fall 2024
Taught By: Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 17225

Credits: 4

This course is an introduction to the research on income and wealth inequality. The first part of the course presents a primer on the methodology of political economy (compared and contrasted to neoclassical economics) and a brief primer on economic history, setting the stage for the present day. The second part comprises a study of academic debates as to the nature of inequality within the economics literature, ranging from classical political economists (Smith, Ricardo, Marx) through the works of 19th and 20th-century economists (Keynes, Pareto, Kuznets, Piketty, Shaikh). This section is largely focused on contrasting class-centered approaches with other approaches. The third and final part explores sources of inequality that have received inadequate focus within the literature - with a particular focus on colonialism/post-colonialism and the construction of the concept of race in that context. The course will also analyze statistical measures of wealth and income inequality through both a practical and critical lens.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Economics (ECO)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

* Seats available but reserved for a specific population.

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 6:20pm EDT 4/17/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/9/2024