The contributors to this book discuss a variety of forms of social inequality which include large gaps in accumulated assets, discrepancies in access to quality education, unstable family life, lack of access to banking services, poor employment prospects, lack of health care services, and underrepresentation for political and legal matters. Together, they show how these forms of inequality are interrelated with income inequality and that, taken together, they pose the risk for societal and political unrest should they be left unresolved.
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The chapters in this volume are based on lectures from the fifty-fourth Werner Sichel Lecture Series in 2017–2018 at Western Michigan University.
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Asefa, Sisay and Wei-Chiao Huang, eds. 2020. The Political Economy of Inequality: U.S. and Global Dimensions. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. https://doi.org/10.17848/9780880996730
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