Standards of Income Redistribution

Rein, Martin; Miller, S. M.
July 1974
Challenge (05775132);Jul/Aug74, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p20
Academic Journal
That author discusses the need for equal distribution of income in the United States. The article states the view of few economist that the U.S. policy should be presented with specific redistribution goals for debate and evaluation rather than be confronted with vague utopian ideals which are used to flog the "system." It discusses the modest to bring together some current notions of various goals of greater income equality and to indicate the diversity of views that the concept suggests. The article suggests various methods to aid equity redistribution among the people. The question of goals concerns not simply the specific "amount" of redistribution, but rather the type of equality that is sought. The income equality income differentials among different labor groups should not widen with age to any appreciable extent. In considering equality of lifetime income profiles, there are difficult choices to be made if taken the prevailing distribution as the starting point. The elimination of poverty is not an exercise in the reduction of inequalities, for it does not formally deal with the position of one group relative to that of another.


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