DP10920 Inequality, Public Wealth, and the Federal Shareholder

Author(s): Giacomo Corneo
Publication Date: November 2015
Keyword(s): public ownership, redistribution
JEL(s): H0, H5
Programme Areas: Public Economics
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Current trends in the distribution of wealth trigger a social divide and threaten democracy. I propose to counter this evolution by enhancing the role of public capital as a redistribution and empowerment device. The governance of public capital requires two novel institutions: a socially responsible Sovereign Wealth Fund and a Federal Shareholder. This paper offers an account of their design and sources of financing.