The Baldy Center Podcast

Episode 28:.

Episode 28: Matthew Dimick discusses income inequality, wealth redistribution, income tax, Pareto optimality, and Marxism

Published April 6, 2022

In Episode 28, Matthew Dimick explains Pareto optimality and the differences between income taxation and legal rules for wealth redistribution. He discusses capitalism, Marxism, and how economists measure the effects various methods of redistribution may have on the economy.

Keywords: wealth redistribution, inequality, income tax, taxation, disparity, Marxism, capitalism, economics, taxation, minimum wage.

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If you look at the countries that have the lowest levels of income inequality, they use a combination of strong labor unions that bargain for everybody in the workforce, not just a sort of subset of workers, and they have a lot of redistribution through what people will call universal programs like pensions, unemployment insurance, healthcare, and public social goods that are available to everybody.”
   – Matthew Dimick, Professor, School of Law (2022 Baldy Center Podcast)


Matthew Dimick, Professor, School of Law, University at Buffalo

Research Focus: Labor and Employment Law, Contracts, Tax Policy, Legal Theory, Law and Economics

Matthew Dimick.

Matthew Dimick

Matthew Dimick is Professor of Law at the University at Buffalo School of Law. His scholarship explores the relationship between the law and economic inequality. Recent projects include a theoretical and empirical study of the relationship between altruism, income inequality, and preferences for redistribution in the United States; a theoretical and case-study analysis of the politics of regulating low-wage work in wealthy democracies; and the role of minimum wage legislation in an optimal redistribution policy. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript about the law and economics of redistribution and income inequality.

Dimick's research has appeared in generalist law reviews and peer-reviewed economics, political science, and sociology journals, and has been featured in The Atlantic, Vox, and the On Labor blog. He has taught courses in federal income taxation, tax policy, labor law, employment law, comparative corporate governance, and comparative and international labor and employment law. Faculty profile. 

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2021-22 Podcast Producer

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer.

Edgar Girtain, Podcast 2021-22 Host/Producer

Edgar Girtain is host/producer of the 2021-22 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. He is a PhD student in the music department at SUNY Buffalo, where he studies with David Felder. Girtain is a director of the Casa de Las Artes at the University of Southern Chile (UACh), and president of the Southern Chilean Composers Forum (FoCo Sur).He is an eminent composer, pianist, and writer of his own biographies. Girtain's diverse areas of work are often collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and international in ambition if not in practice.

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Samantha Barbas, PhD
Professor, UB School of Law
Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk, PhD
Associate Director, The Baldy Center

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