Chart Week: Pareto Distribution and Wealth Inequality
(February 4, 2011)
The Pareto Distribution seems to play out in many different realms. Pareto's research revealed that over time, about 80% of the land holdings came under the control of about 20% of the populace.
Many observers see this as evidence of a "natural distribution" of wealth.
That may well be, but it doesn't explain the great concentration of wealth
in the U.S. (and other nations) in the top 1% of the populace: that artifice
results from specific tax and distribution policies established politically,
not as a result of unfettered Capitalism or other "natural" distribution.
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