Available to master’s degree students of the Study Track in Economic and Social History and, within the boundaries set by the teaching programme, to other students of the Master’s Programme in Society and Change.
Students will understand the central concepts, backgrounds and theories of economic inequality. In addition, students will have familiarised themselves with the most significant empirical results on income and wealth inequality. They will be able to analyse questions of economic inequality and participate in related discourse on the basis of the latest research and its perspectives. The course trains students in critical thought and argumentation. The course also requires skills in managing wide-ranging topics and applying scientific knowledge.
The course examines economic inequality from several wide perspectives. Themes studied during the course include the following: 1) the many dimensions and history of economic inequality, economic growth, 2) income inequality, 3) wealth inequality, 4) equality of opportunities, 5) global income distribution, and 6) income and wealth inequality in Finland from the 19th century to today.
Literature required for the literature examination:
· Thomas, Piketty: Capital in the Twenty-First Century. 2014.
· Milanovic, Branko: Global Inequality. A New Approach for the Age of Globalization. 2016.
Roine, Jesper & Waldenström, Daniel (2015): “Long-run Trends in the Distribution of Income and Wealth”. Handbook of Income Distribution 2A, pp. 469-510. Available on Waldenström’s website: http://www.uueconomics.se/danielw/Research_files/Long-run%20trends%20Han...
· Jäntti, M. & Riihelä M. & Sullström, R. & Tuomala, M (2010): “Trends in Top Income Shares in Finland”. Eds. Atkinson & Piketty: Top Incomes a Global Perspective (2010), pp. 371-447. Available on the World Wealth and Income Database website (http://wid.world/) http://wid.world/document/janti-markus-riihela-marja-sullstrom-risto-and...
Compulsory literature included in contact teaching:
Atkinson, Anthony B. & Bourguignon, Francois: Handbook of Income Distribution SET vols. 2A-2B. Handbooks in Economics, 2015
Smeeding, Timothy M. ; Nolan, Brian ; Salverda, Wiemer: The Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality. Oxford University Press, 2009.
Atkinson, A. B., & Bourguignon, Francois (eds.): Handbook of Income Distribution. Handbooks in Economics, 2000.
(Available as e-books)
Other applicable literature, particularly scientific articles in e-journals
On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.
Instructions for examinations
- Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
- Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
- Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
- Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.
a) Course implemented as contact or online teaching, including literature and assignments
b) Literature examination