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Concerns of growing income inequality loom large in public debate and policy discussion. Indeed, in most OECD countries and many emerging economies, the gap between rich and poor has widened over the past decades. This occurred even when countries were going through a period of sustained economic growth prior to the Great Recession. Today, the economic crisis is putting additional pressure on the distribution of incomes. Greater inequality raises economic, political and ethical challenges as it risks leaving a growing number of people behind in an ever‐changing economy.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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