My mouth fell open when I read the first few paragraphs of this article….then I read the rest and closed my mouth -ByBK

What if We’re Looking at Inequality the Wrong Way?

Thomas B. Edsall

Tom Edsall on politics inside and outside of Washington.

 Richard V. Burkhauser, a professor of public policy at Cornell and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is fast becoming a champion of the right, challenging the conventional wisdom about income inequality.

The last time Burkhauser appeared in this column, he had provided ammunition for conservatives to dispute liberal orthodoxy on the issue of growing inequality (along with co-authors Jeff Larrimoreand Kosali Simon).

That ammunition was contained in a 2011 paper, “A ‘Second Opinion’ on the Economic Health of the American Middle Class,” which lent support to the conservative cause.

By defining income as “post-tax, post-transfer, size-adjusted household income including the ex-ante value of in-kind health insurance benefits,” Burkhauser and his co-authors achieved two things: a diminished degree of inequality and, perhaps more important, a conclusion that the condition of the poor and middle class was improving.

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