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Virtual Library File - Inequality Matters - Report of the World Social Situation 2013

The Challenge

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has created a debate about income and wealth inequality. The book poses questions that are profoundly and politically uncomfortable for dominant approach ...

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century has created a debate about income and wealth inequality. The book poses questions that are profoundly and politically uncomfortable for dominant approaches in economic thinking.

World leaders, in adopting the Millennium Declaration in 2000, pledged to create a more equitable world. Yet, income inequality has increased in many countries over the last few decades, as the wealthiest individuals have become wealthier while the relative situation of people living in poverty has improved little. Disparities in education, health and other dimensions of human development still remain large despite marked progress in reducing the gaps. Various social groups, especially indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and rural populations, suffer disproportionately from income poverty and inadequate access to quality services and, generally, disparities between these groups and the rest of the population have increased over time.