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Symposium 2015

Income Inequality and Mobility

The Challenge

For a generation after World War II, growth rates in much of the developed capitalist world were high and income inequality was by historical standards relatively reduced. More recently, however, inequality appears to have risen sharply, with especially marked increases near the top of the income distribution. Wealth has been less studied, but appears even more concentrated in many countries.

This panel will examine how much inequality has changed over time in different countries, consider the implications of gender, and look empirically at the concentration of incomes at the very top.

This session is organized by the Institute for New Economic Thinking. Please check out the tabs below for additional facts and information:

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    To Fight Inequality Invest in Women

    To Fight Inequality Invest in Women

    To Fight Inequality Invest in Women

    Background Paper

    Background Paper
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    Promoting Economic Mobility

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Virtual Library

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    Income Inequality, Equality of Opportunity, and Intergenerational Mobility

    The paper presents evidence that countries with more inequality at one point in time also experience less earnings mobility across the generations, and discusses the mechanisms that underlie the relat ...

    The paper presents evidence that countries with more inequality at one point in time also experience less earnings mobility across the generations, and discusses the mechanisms that underlie the relation between inequality and mobility.

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    The Parenting Gap

    The article argues that the parenting gap is a big factor in the opportunity gap, i.e., the chances of upward social mobility are lower for children with weaker parents. Consequently, policies that he ...

    The article argues that the parenting gap is a big factor in the opportunity gap, i.e., the chances of upward social mobility are lower for children with weaker parents. Consequently, policies that help weaker parents do a better job can be investments in opportunity, and equality.

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    Promoting Social Mobility

    This article argues that in order to foster greater equality of opportunity, we need a major shift in social policy toward early childhood interventions, with later interventions designed to reinforce ...

    This article argues that in order to foster greater equality of opportunity, we need a major shift in social policy toward early childhood interventions, with later interventions designed to reinforce those early efforts. The interventions should address socio-emotional skills, not just cognitive abilities.

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    The transmission of educational inequality across generations: A global view

    This column summarizes recent estimates of 50-year trends in social mobility for the United States, twelve Western European countries and 29 developing and former communist economies.

    This column summarizes recent estimates of 50-year trends in social mobility for the United States, twelve Western European countries and 29 developing and former communist economies.