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Toward two societies : the changing distributions of income and wealth in the U.S. since 1960 /
Andrew J. Winnick.
imprint
New York : Praeger, 1989.
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xx, 262 p. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0275928993 (alk. paper)
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New York : Praeger, 1989.
isbn
0275928993 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
536430
 
Bibliography: p. [241]-253.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
Distribution of income and wealth is a subject that attracts writers from all across the political spectrum, as well as those who are primarily interested in objective description and measurement. This volume is clearly addressed to altering the distribution of income and wealth in favor of the poor, and reversing the direction of distributional policy of the 1980s. Thus, it is a useful counterbalance to such writers as Richard Wagner and Charles Murray. Winnick draws on historical as well as current data and gives a detailed description of who the poor are. The author also looks at the distribution of wealth and offers policy prescriptions. The book is richly enhanced with data, and many tables and bibliographical resources. Accessible to general readers and undergraduate students, the volume is most appropriate for libraries collecting comprehensively on the topic. -H. H. Ulbrich, Clemson University
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Summaries
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This book provides a comprehensive look at the changes that have occured in the distributions of both income and wealth in the United States since 1960. Both historical and current data is used in the analysis of the interactive effects of these two distributions on the standards of living of various segments of American families. Such topics as the causes of poverty, the issues of the shrinking middle class, and the changing concentration of wealth holdings amongst the rich are all examined in detail. Winnick proposes a series of policy measures that should be pursued to move the United States toward more equitable distributions of both income and wealth.
Long Description
This book provides a comprehensive look at the changes that have occurred in the distributions of both income and wealth in the United States since 1960. Both historical and current data are used in the analysis of the interactive effects of these two distributions on the standards of living of various segments of American families. In assessing the changing pattern of the distribution of income, the author employs a variety of standards against which to measure the level of income received by various segments of the population. This book is unique in that the analysis looks at all income classes. Such topics as the causes of poverty, the shrinking middle class, and the concentration of wealth holdings amongst the rich are all examined in detail. The book also explores the impacts of both distributions on such specific groups as Blacks, Hispanics, women, and children. In the final chapter, the author proposes a series of policy measures that should be pursued to move the United States toward more equitable distributions of both income and wealth. Part One of the book examines the distribution of income during the period 1960-88. Part Two looks at the changing distribution of wealth in the United States. The work concludes with an examination of the effects of the distribution of wealth on the distribution of income; a review of the causes of the patterns of distribution as seen in the data; and a discussion of the effects of these changes upon American society. Individuals associated with policy planning groups, both in government and in the private sector, including advocacy groups, should find this book quite useful to their work. It should also appeal to academics concerned with the issues of economics of poverty, the economics of discrimination, human capital theory, and urban economics.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
The Distribution of Income Since 1960 Developing a Standard Against Which to Measure the Distribution of Income
The Historical Data on Family Income Since 1960 The Poor
Just Who Are They?
The Effects of Race, Sex, Education, Industry, and Occupation on the Distribution of Income Among Those Working Full-Time, Full-Year
The Changing Distribution of Wealth in The United States The Sources of Data Concerning Wealth Holdings
The Changing Distribution of Wealth Since 1962 An Overview of What is and What Could Be
Summary and Recommendations
Bibliography
Index
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