Essay 'Richer And Poorer Accounting For Inequality'

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Rhetorical Analysis Essay “Richer and Poorer Accounting for Inequality” In the essay “Richer and Poorer Accounting for inequality.” by Jill Lepore published at The New Yorker on March 16 ,2015 she discusses about the economic inequalities we as young Americans are facing today. The author mentions all the statistical studies recorded by reliable sources during different time periods, stories of young lives that have been affected by the economic inequality. The solutions to these type of problems cannot be passed if individuals select Representatives in congress that veto bills, that would benefit the United States. Ms. Lepore uses Logos, Pathos, Ethos, and Kairos to deliver her message to the audience and change their assumptions and inform them. Ms. Lepore uses logos to inform her audience economic inequality. For instance, the beginning of the essay the author uses statistical studies to show the…show more content…
Lepore uses multiple authors with different perspective on income inequality to support her claim and builds her credibility with the affluent, which is an example of ethos. The author uses Simon Kuznet for one of her talking points, who “won a noble prize by using tax data to show income among different groups to determine who was rich or poor in the nineteen-fifties.” Anthony Atkinson a British economist’s used Simon Kuznet’s data to come up with a better developed approach in 1969 he was working on a paper “On the Measurement of Inequality,” in the Journal of Economic Theory. Thomas Piketty published a paper in 2003 with economist Emmanuel Saez in “The Quarterly Journal of Economics,” they used tax data from Income Inequality in The United States, 1913-1998 to discuss the calculation and percentage of income goes to the top one percent and figured out that twenty-four percent of all income in 1928 went to the top one percent. Over the years the Gini index decreased to eleven percent the lowest it has ever been, then started rise again back in the 1980’s.
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