As I’ve noted before, I occasionally have book reviews in Science and Public Policy. Academic journals sometimes run a few months behind, so only recently has the December 2009 issue come out with my review of Innovation and Inequality: How Does Technical Progress Affect Workers? by Gilles St. Paul. The review, “Laboring through the models,” is behind a paywall (Science and Public Policy makes their articles available after approximately two years). If you’re dying to read it (or any of the other reviews I’ve had published in the journal, send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.
The book will frustrate readers who lack at least a background in microeconomics, but it is a thorough effort to examine how economic models might explain increases in economic inequality. It is a book focused on theory, so those looking for context and connections to economic history will be disappointed. But for those who are suited to a theoretical microeconomic examination of income inequality, it’s worth taking the time to read it.