Economic Inequality and the Law (20675). 2 units. Economic inequality, the collapse of the middle class, and the increasing concentration of wealth are now at the forefront of public debate. Politicians and policymakers now focus on addressing economic inequality and on reforming the political system so that the wealthiest Americans do not exert disproportionate influence over policymaking. In this seminar, we will discuss the economics, political science, and law related to economic inequality, including the economic data over the last half-century, political science research on the disproportionate influence wealthy Americans have over policy outcomes, the history of constitutional debates on economic inequality, legal structures that exacerbate inequality, and laws and policies that can mitigate inequality. Specific areas of law will be partly determined by student interest, but may include constitutional law, tax, labor, antitrust, public utilities, corporate organization, and campaign finance. Paper required. Enrollment limited to twelve. G. N. Sitaraman.