Session B2: Inequality and its impacts: Lessons from the USA, Hungary and Belgium

Session organisers: Wiemer Salverda (AIAS, AMCIS, coordinator of the GINI project) & István Tóth (TÁRKI)

 Chair: Ive Marx (UA-CSB)




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 within this debate have been addressed by the GINI project:

- 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 inequalities in income, wealth and education?
- What are the implications for policy and for the future development of welfare states?

Within the GINI project, these questions were addressed in 30 in-depth country studies. In this session, the lessons that can be learned of three of these countries will be presented in some detail.


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