1270 Field Course: Economics of Distribution
Pirmin Fessler, Ph.D., Emanuel List, PhD, MSc, BSc
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
09/18/23 to 09/24/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Master Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 10/03/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.144
Tuesday 10/10/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D5.1.002
Tuesday 10/17/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.05
Tuesday 10/31/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.039
Tuesday 11/14/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.05
Tuesday 11/21/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.17
Tuesday 11/28/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.4.13
Tuesday 12/12/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM TC.5.18
Tuesday 12/19/23 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.019
Tuesday 01/09/24 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.136
Tuesday 01/16/24 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.144
Tuesday 01/23/24 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM D4.0.144

1. Introduction and Theory

  • Inequality of what? Among whom?
  • Thoughts of Ricardo, Marx, Kuznets, Piketty..

2. Grand Debates

  • Cambridge capital controversy
  • Does r greater g imply greater inequality?
  • Taxation and inequality
  • Labor markets I: Gender and Migration
  • Labor markets I: Digital- and Globalization
  • Demographic change and household structure
  • Social Mobility

3. Windup

  • Recap and nexuses
  • Exam


Learning outcomes

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of economic inequalities and the interplay between inequality and economic growth. After completion you should be able to answer these questions:

  • How does inequality vary across countries and evolve over the path of development?
  • What are the theories that can explain the degree of economic inequalities and its dynamic?
  • How do policies affect inequalities, and what types of policies can foster equitable growth?
Attendance requirements

Attendance is mandatory.  Exceptional absence needs to be compensated.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Combination of Lectures, oral presentations by the students, group discussions, and critical examination of the compulsory readings.


25% Essays (5 of 7)
15% Presentation
10% Discussant
50% Exam


Please log in with your WU account to use all functionalities of read!t. For off-campus access to our licensed electronic resources, remember to activate your VPN connection connection. In case you encounter any technical problems or have questions regarding read!t, please feel free to contact the library at

Last edited: 2023-06-07