- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 2 edition (December 31, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1405176601
- ISBN-13: 978-1405176606
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I regularly teach a course on inequality, most recently using the developing manuscript of Ed Wolff's revised text. This work comprehensively (and fascinatingly) covers the central topics of poverty and of income and wealth distribution. I plan to use it for years to come." Frank Thompson, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
"The text is clearly written, with a comprehensive and up-to-date coverage and summarization of a very wide range of literature." Lars Osberg, Dalhousie University
“I would certainly use this text in my income distribution course. It is much more comprehensive and useful than anything else on the market, and provides the foundation for an engaging and interesting course.” Michael Sattinger, SUNY Albany
“Students will benefit from this text’s broad coverage of empirical evidence on the distribution of income and wealth, its clear description of the technical measures of inequality, and its easily accessible language.” Dean Lillard, Cornell University
"The quality of this text is outstanding, both as a textbook and as a reference for professional economists." Keith Bender, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
"Wolff’s expertise in the study of wealth and inequality is evident in his meticulous provision of interesting and informative footnotes and the comprehensive nature of the coverage. The textbook has enough introductory material for the typical sophomore in college. At the same time, Wolff provides a substantial dose of more advanced material to satisfy and challenge upper-level students with superior background or capability in economics." Wendy Rayack, Wesleyan University
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Written by a leading scholar in the field, this textbook provides a thorough introduction to the topic of income distribution and poverty, with additional emphasis on the issues of inequality and discrimination. This book features an empirical focus, and includes sections on basic statistics, as well as optional econometric studies and more advanced mathematical handling of inequality measurement. Utilizing data from various countries around the globe, including the US and Europe, this textbook is international in its scope and provides a comparative element that will aid students in their studies. Up-to-date and comprehensive in its coverage, this new edition supplies a self-contained course on income distribution and poverty.
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One suitable audience is well-motivated upper-level undergraduates in economics and related disciplines. Although the text is too wordy (often restating the information in the tables at soporific length), it does contain a wealth of statistical information. There is also a nice balance between measurement issues, economic theory, and policy discussion. The only area where it falls short is in providing the tools to discuss the ethical dimension of policy. (I also must admit to some frustration with both mistakes and the general quality of the end-of-chapter exercises and instructor's manual.)
I also believe this text would be useful to graduate students in economics and, especially, related disciplines. The level of the presentation is too low to serve as the sole text for PhD-level economics courses, but Wolff does provide an extensive bibliography for each chapter, and the book could therefore serve as an excellent jumping-off point.
I hope to see improvements to future editions of this text that will make it worthy of "5 stars".