Eve Glasberg | Columbia News | 1/31/2023

The Great Polarization, co-edited by University Professor Joseph Stiglitz and Rudiger von Arnim, an economics professor at the University of Utah, brings together scholars from disparate fields to examine the causes and consequences of this dramatic rise in inequality. Contributors—including Stiglitz—demonstrate that institutions, norms, policy, and political power (not the natural operation of the market) determine the distribution of wealth and income. The book underscores the role of ideas and ideologies, showing how neoclassical economics and related beliefs have functioned in public debates to justify inequality.

Stiglitz talks about the book with Columbia News, as well as recent books he’s read—and those he’s planning to read—in his fleeting spare time, and the myriad projects that keep him busy.

To read Professor Stiglitz’s interview, click here.