Nobel laureate censures US, EU at Davos over equality-busting policies | RT

Noted American economist Joseph Stiglitz admonished US economic policies as fueling inequality at the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday. Meanwhile the Nobel laureate said European leaders had no “sense of what they need to do and will do.”

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US economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz.(AFP Photo / Josep Lago)

Stiglitz noted the fact that a full quarter of American wealth is owned by the richest one per cent of the country’s population.

The point was meant to illustrate growing inequality in the US, fabled to be an equal-opportunity society – but where the wealthy have seen their fortunes double since 1980 while wages have flatlined and housing and education prices have gone through the roof.

He pointed out that median US income has been roughly the same for two decades despite rising costs.

“America likes to think of itself as a land of equality and opportunity, the so-called American dream is very deep to our sense of identity,” Stiglitz, who served as the chief economist of the World Bank from 1997 to 2000, said in an interview with the BBC on the sidelines of the conference. “The stats show otherwise, the US has one of the worst opportunity rates of any of the advanced economies.”

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