This article explains the proliferation of U.S. billionaire wealth during the neoliberal period (1980 to the present). Using the work of scholars, investigative journalists, and government researchers, it examines descriptive evidence from the past forty years of the economic, social, and political trends associated with the capital accumulation that led to so much wealth being concentrated with so few individuals. It further creates a theoretical framework of institutional factors (or “drivers”) that help to understand how these trends link together to provide a comprehensive explanation for the increase of billionaires in comparison with other economic gauges like GDP, income distribution, and inflation. It concludes by describing the cumulative effects of these institutional drivers on the present state of U.S. billionaire wealth.
"Explaining the Proliferation of U.S. Billionaires During the Neoliberal Period,"
Class, Race and Corporate Power: Vol. 11:
2, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol11/iss2/1