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Three Misconceptions About Inequality

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April 2, 2015

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Explanations of why inequality is growing in the United States too often rest on three misconceptions: that capital is rising as a share of the economy, that most of the rise in wage inequality is explained by growing gaps within companies between higher and lower paid workers, and that workers are increasingly moving from one job to another. In a new column for Bloomberg View, CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow Peter Orszag discusses another explanation, which could help policymakers better understand and respond to this growing problem.

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