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Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: analytical and comparative perspectives

Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight and Herman van de Werfhorst
Oxford University Press (March 2014)

There has been a resurgence of interest in economic inequalities and their potentially harmful effects on individuals, families and societies in recent years. The OECD published two major volumes in 2008 and 2011 examining inequality trends and their drivers and the meeting of the World Economic Forum (Davos) in January 2014 focused on the gap between rich and poor, identifying inequality as one of the greatest risks to the global economy over the next decade. Many identify inequality as a major contributor to the recent financial crisis and have raised concerns about how the changing nature of inequality is shaping political power.

Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) research project|, funded by the EU FP7 programme between 2010 and 2013, took an interdisciplinary approach drawing on economics, sociology, and political science, to learn from the experiences of 25 European countries together with the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia, and South Korea to explore trends in inequality (income, earnings, wealth and education) over the last 30 years and the evidence that linked these trends to a wide range of social, cultural and political outcomes. A comparative study of policy responses to inequality and poverty informed an assessment of their effectiveness.

The results from this major research programme have now been published by Oxford University Press in two volumes. The findings are organised by topics in the analytical and comparative volume and by countries in the thirty country volume. This event will present some of the key findings covering inequality trends, evidence on impacts and policy effectiveness will be presented at this event.

  • Abigail McKnight is Senior Research Fellow at The Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines at LSE
  • Herman van de Werfhorst is Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, and director of the Amsterdam Centre for Inequality Studies
  • Ive Marx is Associate Professor at the University of Antwerp and Chair of the Department of Sociology.
  • Daniele Checchi is Professor of Economics at the University of Milan
  • Brian Nolan is Principal of the College of Human Sciences since September at University College Dublin
  • Wiemer Salverda is Special Chair Labour Market and Inequality at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies at the University of Amsterdam

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