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Let them eat toxic waste?

Dec 15, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Videos  //  No Comments

A video made by UMass-Amherst students compares wealth-based to rights-based principles for allocating environmental quality:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=psP1D-o02Cs

 

 

 

Global wealth – who has how much?

Dec 2, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles  //  No Comments

The latest edition of the 2014 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse sheds light on the distribution of assets worldwide:

Source: http://savvyroo.com/chart-1365549786238-our-unequal-globes-billions-and-trillions

Read more here.

Inequality of opportunity

Nov 21, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles, Media Library  //  No Comments

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz writes:

A rich country with millions of poor people. A country that prides itself on being the land of opportunity, but in which a child’s prospects are more dependent on the income and education of his or her parents than in other advanced countries. A country that believes in fair play, but in which the richest often pay a smaller percentage of their income in taxes than those less well off. A country in which children every day pledge allegiance to the flag, asserting that there is “justice for all,” but in which, increasingly, there is only justice for those who can afford it. These are the contradictions that the United States is gradually and painfully struggling to come to terms with as it begins to comprehend the enormity of the inequalities that mark its society.

Read more here.

More on Ebola and profit-guided health care

Nov 5, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles  //  No Comments

Unusually blunt words from World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan:

Ebola emerged nearly four decades ago. Why are clinicians still empty-handed, with no vaccines and no cure?

Because Ebola has historically been confined to poor African nations. The R&D incentive is virtually non-existent. A profit-driven industry does not invest in products for markets that cannot pay. WHO has been trying to make this issue visible for ages. Now people can see for themselves.

Read her speech here. See press coverage here.

Why no Ebola vaccine?

Oct 24, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles, Media Library  //  No Comments

When the availability of health care is guided by corporate profit and state security, poor Africans just don’t count:

Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011.

It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now is it undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans — with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa.

Its development stalled in part because Ebola is rare, and until now, outbreaks had infected only a few hundred people at a time. But experts also acknowledge that the absence of follow-up on such a promising candidate reflects a broader failure to produce medicines and vaccines for diseases that afflict poor countries. Most drug companies have resisted spending the enormous sums needed to develop products useful mostly to countries with little ability to pay.

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core-econ

Sep 17, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Websites  //  No Comments

Free access to the beta version of a remarkable new textbook that aims to change economics education:

http://core-econ.org/

For a review by Econ4′s David Bollier, see here.

Standard & Poor's hits impact of inequality on state tax revenues

Sep 15, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles  //  No Comments

S&P makes another important connection:

Extending our analysis to public finance, we find that income inequality is undermining the rate of state tax revenue growth.

For the report, see here.

For press coverage, see here.

 

Standard & Poor's hits U.S. income inequality

Sep 15, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles  //  No Comments

From an August 2014 report by S&P:

  • At extreme levels, income inequality can harm sustained economic growth over long periods. The U.S. is approaching that threshold.
  • Standard & Poor’s sees extreme income inequality as a drag on long-run economic growth. We’ve reduced our 10-year U.S. growth forecast to a 2.5% rate. We expected 2.8% five years ago.

For the report, see here.

For press coverage, see here.

Rethinking Economics: a new international student network

Sep 15, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Websites  //  No Comments

“An international network of rethinkers coming together to demystify, diversify, and invigorate economics”:

http://www.rethinkeconomics.org/

Dividends for all?

Sep 1, 2014   //   by boyce   //   Articles  //  No Comments

From Peter Barnes on PBS Newshour, discussing his new book With Liberty and Dividends for All:

Dividends from common wealth, by contrast, unite society by putting all its members in the same boat. The income everyone receives is a right, not a handout. This changes the story, the psychology and the politics.

Read more here.

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