Combating Inequality


Combating Inequality: Rethinking Government's Role is a new MIT Press book edited by Olivier Blanchard and Dani Rodrik, featuring short chapters from leading economists, political scientists, and policymakers, considering "what economic tools are most effective in reversing the rise in inequality".

PI Ben Ansell's chapter - 'Wealth Inequality and Politics' - discusses why research into wealth inequality, as opposed to income inequality, matters for the political sphere. More specifically, the chapter looks at housing, and how the price of one's house might affect voting preferences - and why. Based on research conducted both alongside and as part of the WEALTHPOL project, this chapter serves as a brief introduction to the politics of housing and why it should matter to those interested in combating inequality through policy and political acts.