Why does inequality grow? Can we do something about it?

Coen Teulings, 15 June 2014

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Over the past couple of years, the OECD has highlighted the rapidly widening income dispersion in OECD countries (see e.g. OECD 2008, OECD 2014). The recent publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century, gave new impetus to this debate.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: income inequality, minimum wage, wage-setting

Global income distribution: From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Great Recession

Christoph Lakner , Branko Milanovic, 27 May 2014

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The period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Great Recession saw probably the most profound reshuffle of individual incomes on the global scale since the Industrial Revolution.

Topics: Global economy, Politics and economics, Poverty and income inequality
Tags: democracy, globalisation, income inequality, Inequality

Taxing, spending, and inequality – what is to be done?

Benedict Clements, David Coady, Ruud de Mooij, Sanjeev Gupta, 15 April 2014

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The causes and consequences of rising inequality have attracted considerable attention, including the recent study by Thomas Piketty (2014). This has also touched off a lively debate on the appropriate policy response to rising disparities in income and wealth (Mankiw 2013, Berg, Ostry, and Tsangarides 2014).

Topics: Poverty and income inequality, Taxation
Tags: fiscal policy, income inequality, redistribution

Who let the Gini out? Searching for sources of inequality

Davide Furceri, Prakash Loungani, 13 February 2014

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Last month’s World Economic Forum at Davos will be remembered as the one where the rich realised that incomes were unequal. One suspects the rich had always been dimly aware of this fact, but even they seem to have been astounded by the degree of inequality.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: capital account liberalisation, fiscal consolidation, income inequality

Rising wealth-to-income ratios, inequality, and growth

Thomas Piketty, Gabriel Zucman, 26 September 2013

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Reducing inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. In recent decades much of the discussion has centered on the need to invest in education (Goldin and Katz 2010). Fostering access to education is a powerful way to reduce the dispersion of wages in the long run, but it is not enough.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: income inequality, Inequality, wealth inequality

The trend reversal in income inequality and returns to education: How bad is this good news for Latin America?

Augusto de la Torre, Julián Messina, 7 March 2013

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Latin America witnessed unprecedented economic and social achievements during the last decade. In particular, the year 2003 appears as an important inflexion point for the region’s economic history, a point that we have highlighted in several World Bank publications1.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: education, income inequality, Latin America

Income inequality, tax base, and sovereign spreads

Joshua Aizenman, Yothin Jinjarak, 30 June 2012

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The growing public debt in many nations has brought fiscal rebalancing to the top of policy agendas. This means raising taxes, or cutting expenditure. Recent US experience in the US and other nations suggest the presence of structural factors accounting for resistance to tax reforms. 

One obstacle to tax changes may be polarised distribution of incomes.

Topics: Poverty and income inequality
Tags: income inequality, sovereign spreads, tax base

Optimal taxation of top labor incomes: A tale of three elasticities

Emmanuel Saez, Stefanie Stantcheva, Thomas Piketty, 5 December 2011

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Topics: Poverty and income inequality, Taxation
Tags: income inequality, optimal taxation

Inequality, Development, and the Stability of Democracy—Lipset and Three Critical Junctures in German History

Uwe Sunde, Florian Jung, 30 May 2011

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Topics: Development, Institutions and economics, Politics and economics
Tags: coalition formation, democracy, development, income inequality, Political Economy

Regional development policies: Place-based or people-centred?

Indermit Gill, 9 October 2010

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Economic policy and economic geography are very much live issues, even if Paul Krugman (2010) suggested that the heyday of the New Economic Geography is past (Combes et al.

Topics: Development, Europe's nations and regions
Tags: development, Eastern Europe, income inequality, Ireland

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