The Boris Mints Institute Inequality Lab looks into the institutional, political and economic dimensions of inequality and studies the social mobility and prospects of different social groups.
Wicked Problems in the Information Age: Decentralizing for Equality
Eve Guterman, BMI Fellow
Academic Advisor: Professor Itai Sened, Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies and Head of BMI
The following research questions will be evaluated in Ms. Guterman’s study.
1. Can we decentralize our existing institutions or create new decentralized institutions in order to adapt to the information age?
2. Can we use technology to solve the age-old problems of capitalism, or at least mitigate the damage done?
In our current reality institutions for the redistribution of wealth are increasingly defunct and ineffective. The protection of property rights via collective action results in unsustainable environmental exploitation and persistent information asymmetries result in the exploitation of individuals, particularly when it comes to the commodification of personal information and data. Further, the institutions of capitalism have placed the rights of corporations above the rights of its citizens, commodifying labour without adequate social protections-- resulting in what Stiglitz calls the “race to the bottom”.
The Institutional Political Economy of the Middle Class in Developed Countries
Sagit Azari Viesel, Graduating BMI Fellow
Academic Advisor: Prof. Itai Sened, Head of the School of Social and Policy Studies and Head of BMI
Sagit Azari-Wiesel was selected as one of the top 100 teachers at TAU for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the students' ratings.
Following the financial crisis of 2007-2008 the strengths and vulnerabilities of the middle class have come to the forefront of discussions on economic recovery. Despite this growing interest in the middle-class, rigorous scholarship on the subject is sparse.