Session B3: Trends, impacts and policy in poverty and inequality. Key lessons from the GINI project

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

Chiar: Wiemer Salverda (coordinator  of the GINI project)



Discussant: Karel Van den Bosch (UA-CSB / Federal Planning Bureau Belgium)



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?

These questions were analysed in the GINI project building both on 30 in-depth country studies and topical cross-country comparisons. In this session, the main conclusions of the GINI project will be presented.


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