Monday, December 05, 2011


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
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Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


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Table of contents:


An Overview of Growing Income Inequalities in OECD Countries: Main Findings

Special Focus: Inequality in Emerging Economies (EEs)

Part I. How Globalisation, Technological Change and Policies Affect Wage and Earnings Inequalities

Chapter 1. Trends in Wage Inequality, Economic Globalisation and Labour Market Policies and Institutions

Chapter 2. The Impact of Economic Globalisation and Changes in Policies and Institutions on Rising Earnings Inequality

Chapter 3. Inequality Between the Employed and the Non-employed

Part II. How Inequalities in Labour Earnings Lead to Inequalities in Household Disposable Income

Chapter 4. Hours Worked, Self-Employment and Joblessness as Ingredients of Earnings Inequality

Chapter 5. Trends in Household Earnings Inequality: The Role of Changing Family Formation Practices

Chapter 6. From Household Earnings to Disposable Household Income Inequality

Part III. How the Roles of Tax and Transfer Systems Have Changed

Chapter 7. Changes in Redistribution in OECD Countries Over Two Decades

Chapter 8. The Distributive Impact of Publicly Provided Services

Chapter 9. Trends in Top Incomes and Their Tax Policy Implications


Press Release 5 December 2011

Society: Governments must tackle record gap between rich and poor, says OECD,3746,en_21571361_44315115_49166760_1_1_1_1,00.html


05/11/2911 - The gap between rich and poor in OECD countries has reached its highest level for over over 30 years, and governments must act quickly to tackle inequality, according to a new OECD report.


“Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising” finds that the average income of the richest 10% is now about nine times that of the poorest 10 %  across the OECD.

The income gap has risen even in traditionally egalitarian countries, such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden, from 5 to 1 in the 1980s to 6 to 1 today. The gap is 10 to 1 in Italy, Japan, Korea and the United Kingdom, and higher still, at 14 to 1 in Israel, Turkey and the United States.

In Chile and Mexico, the incomes of the richest are still more than 25 times those of the poorest, the highest in the OECD, but have finally started dropping.

Income inequality is much higher in some major emerging economies outside the OECD area. At 50 to 1, Brazil's income gap remains much higher than in many other countries, although it has been falling significantly over the past decade.




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