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Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives

Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst

Abstract

There has been a remarkable upsurge of debate about increasing inequalities and their societal implications, reinforced by the economic crisis but bubbling to the surface before it. This has been seen in popular discourse, media coverage, political debate, and research in the social sciences. The central questions addressed by this book, and the major research project GINI on which it is based, are: Have inequalities in income, wealth and education increased over the past 30 years or so across the rich countries, and if so why? What are the social, cultural and political impacts of increasing ... More

Keywords: GINI, inequality, income, wealth, redistribution, welfare states, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687435.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wiemer Salverda, editor
Professor of Labour Market and Inequality, Amsterdam Center for Inequality Studies AMCIS, and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies AIAS, University of Amsterdam

Brian Nolan, editor
Principal, College of Human Sciences, University College Dublin

Daniele Checchi, editor
University of Milan

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1 Introduction

Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István GyörgyTóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst

2 Increasing Economic Inequalities?

Francesco Bogliacino, and Virginia Maestri

3 Earnings, Employment, and Income Inequality

Wiemer Salverda, and Christina Haas

4 Wealth Inequality and the Accumulation of Debt

Virginia Maestri, Francesco Bogliacino, and Wiemer Salverda

5 Increasing Educational Inequalities?

Gabriele Ballarino, Massimiliano Bratti, Antonio Filippin, Carlo Fiorio, Marco Leonardi, and Francesco Scervini

6 The Social Impact of Income Inequality

Brian Nolan, and Christopher T. Whelan

8 Rising Inequalities: Will Electorates Go for Higher Redistribution?1

István György Tóth, Dániel Horn, and Márton Medgyesi

9 Inequality, Legitimacy, and the Political System

Robert Andersen, Brian Burgoon, and Herman van de Werfhorst

11 The Policy Response

Ive Marx, and Gerlinde Verbist

12 The Policy Response to Educational Inequalities

Daniele Checchi, Herman van de Werfhorst, Michela Braga, and Elena Meschi

13 Conclusions

Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst

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