Quotation Grisold, Andrea, Theine, Hendrik. 2020. “Now, What Exactly is the Problem?“ Media Coverage of Economic Inequalities and Redistribution Policies: The Piketty Case. Journal of Economic Issues (JEI). 54 1071-1094.


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A clear sign of the heightened interest in economic inequality was the surprising popularity of Thomas Piketty's book, Capital in the Twenty‐First Century, presenting a dense synopsis and major contribution to the economics of inequality. This article investigates discourses on inequality in news media, through the highly controversial debate raised by Piketty's best‐selling book, in selected print media in four European countries. We conceive of the media as having an impact on the perceptions and knowledge of economic processes thus influencing preferences of the public for economic policy making. This is in line with Veblen who terms the press an “educational system.” Regarding the topics of inequality; we will show that media coverage leads to a biased picture of both inequality and the role of redistribution policies to possibly curb such a development.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of Economic Issues (JEI)
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
Language English
Title “Now, What Exactly is the Problem?“ Media Coverage of Economic Inequalities and Redistribution Policies: The Piketty Case
Volume 54
Year 2020
Page from 1071
Page to 1094
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00213624.2020.1829905
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00213624.2020.1829905
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00213624.2020.1829905

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The Mediation of Economic Inequality. Media Coverage of Piketty¿s Book `Capital in the 21st Century'
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Grisold, Andrea (Details)
Theine, Hendrik (Details)
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Department of Economics (Grisold) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5362 Cultural economics (Details)
5410 Cultural science (Details)
5918 Media research, -studies (Details)
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