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Divided We Stand. Why Inequality Keeps Rising

An OECD Report

Brussels, 15 December 2011 | Published in Research

OECD launched in the beginning of the month the report “Divided We stand: Why inequalities keeps rising” showing that wage gaps and income inequality have increased enormously in the last three decades. The publication aims at analysing the main underlying forces behind these developments and it provides evidence of how changes in family formation and household structures have altered household earnings and income inequality.

The report discusses which policies are most promising to counter increases in inequalities and how the policy mix can be adjust-ed when public budgets are under strain.

Some of the focus points are the following:

  • An Overview of Growing Income Inequalities in OECD Countries
  • Special Focus: Inequality in Emerging Economies
  • How Globalisation, Technological Change and Policies Affect Wage and Earnings Inequalities
  • How Inequalities in Labour Earnings Lead to Inequalities in Household Disposable Income
  • How the Roles of Tax and Transfer Systems Have Changed