The Biggest Heist in Human History

Is the Fed confused about how the economy works? Is the Fed confused about how the financial system works? Probably not. There’s probably some other explanation altogether, after all, why would someone put gas in their radiator when the gas-tank is empty. That’s not going to provide fuel for the engine, is it? The same rule applies […]

Poorer than their parents? A new perspective on income inequality

Most people growing up in advanced economies since World War II have been able to assume they will be better off than their parents. For much of the time, that assumption has proved correct: except for a brief hiatus in the 1970s, buoyant global economic and employment growth over the past 70 years saw all […]

Welfare regimes and social stratification

When I was told of the plan to bring out a special issue of the Journal of European Social Policy to revisit my Three Worlds on its 25th birthday, I felt more honoured than at any other moment in my life. But then elation gave place to panic: what meaningful contribution could I possibly deliver? […]

The government isn’t to blame for the rise of Wall Street

Costas Lapavitsas is professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and author of “Profiting Without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All.” During 2015, he was a member of the Greek Parliament collaborating with the governing Syriza party. Financialization is an awkward word, but it captures a prominent aspect […]