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Month: June 2015

Safety Nets and Social Ladders: Overcoming Inequality in Education

When it comes to education in Europe, the evidence is clear: not all children have equal access to opportunity. The socioeconomic status of families has a direct impact on access to all levels of education and the degree to which children are free to choose their career and lifestyle. Across Europe, the children of parents …

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Turkey: Inequality and the Need for Investment

As a recent OECD report has underlined, there is immense inequality in Turkey, whether in terms of income distribution, ethnicity, age or gender. Tackling this issue ceased to be a major objective from the early 1980s onwards, with the result that Turkey now has the second-worst income distribution among OECD countries, despite a slight improvement …

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Inequality: A Challenge for Capitalism and Democracy

Inequality is the greatest social and economic challenge faced by advanced industrial nations today. Left unchecked, inequality slows economic growth and makes business cycles more volatile. The ensuing human collateral damage is costly to both citizens and states. Left unchecked, inequality erodes democratic institutions, as the growing concentration of corporate and personal income leads to …

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How is China Reacting Towards Growing Inequalities?

China’s economic success story started after escaping from a collective, equalitarian and closed society under Mao Zedong’s leadership. The opening-up – policy that started in 1978 under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping – led to a breathtaking economic growth of more than 10 % during the next three decades. In parallel inequality in personal income …

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What Horizontal Inequalities are and Why They Matter

Horizontal inequality (HI) is inequality among groups, in contrast to the more common understanding of inequality as inequality among individuals (or vertical inequality, VI). While inequality in general is gaining increasing attention among academics, journalists and policy-makers, especially following the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty First Century (Piketty 2014), the focus remains …

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It is Possible to Eliminate Tax Havens if the Political Will Exists to do so

Interview by Jacques Docquiert Camille Landais is severely critical of the growing influence of tax havens and is particularly disapproving of the lack of any real response in France and in Europe as a whole, even though, as he explains, eliminating such loopholes is both vital and possible.   Queries: What part do tax havens …

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Cohesion is the Key to Fostering Gender Equality

While the gender pay gap has shrunk in recent years, many European women have benefited little. Indeed, women have been adversely affected by changes in the labour market wrought by neo-liberalism, while their social position means they have often been hardest hit by post-crisis austerity policies. We continue to find a kind of stereotypical gender …

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