The Benefits and Dangers of Income and Wealth Inequality

Course Dates: 
8 weeks: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 2018
Tuesdays, 2-4 p.m.
Shirley Browning
Course Catalogs: 
2018 Spring

We will look at inequality of income and wealth with emphasis on both the pro and con arguments and the consequences of each condition. Examples will be drawn from multiple sources, many from Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty and The Great Leveler: Violence and the History of Inequality from Stone Age to 21st Century by Walter Scheidel. Policy options will be addressed relative to objectives for long run stability and sustainability of the economic conditions society faces.

Course outline

Shirley Browning ( is a native of Kentucky and retired Professor Emeritus from UNC Asheville after 42 years and taught a wide range of economics classes as well as humanities. He is a 31-year Rotarian, a Paul Harris Society member and collects old Volvos.