Instapaper This: Πώς Οι Πλούσιοι Γίνονται Πλουσιότεροι

Να ένα μεγάλο και χορταστικό άρθρο από τη Washington Post για την εντυπωσιακή εκτόξευση των αμοιβών των executives εταιριών τα τελευταία χρόνια. Ό,τι πρέπει για να σου ανέβει το αίμα στο κεφάλι, μεσημεριάτικα.

In 1975, for example, the top 0.1 percent of earners garnered about 2.5 percent of the nation’s income, including capital gains, according to data collected by University of California economist Emmanuel Saez. By 2008, that share had quadrupled and stood at 10.4 percent.

The phenomenon is even more pronounced at even higher levels of income. The share of the income commanded by the top 0.01 percent rose from 0.85 percent to 5.03 percent over that period. For the 15,000 families in that group, average income now stands at $27 million.

According to the CIA’s World Factbook, which uses the so-called “Gini coefficient,” a common economic indicator of inequality, the United States ranks as far more unequal than the European Union and the United Kingdom. The United States is in the company of developing countries — just behind Cameroon and Ivory Coast and just ahead of Uganda and Jamaica.

Θυμήσου (στο #2): Το άρθρο του Νομπελίστα Τζόζεφ Στίγκλιτς για το ίδιο θέμα -και τις καταστροφικές του συνέπειες.