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Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries' Experiences

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


This book addresses key questions about whether inequality in incomes, wealth, and education have been widening in a consistent fashion across 30 rich nations. It considers possible drivers of these developments, and it scrutinises scrutinizes whether this widening is exacerbating social problems and undermining the healthy functioning of democratic processes. It sets out to answer these questions by looking in depth at the experience of 30 countries over the past 30 years, examining what has actually been happening to these inequalities and investigating how this can be related to social and ... More

Keywords: income inequality, drivers of inequality, education, wealth, developed countries, social impacts, health, poverty, political participation, political influence, redistribution, social investment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687428
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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

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

Daniele Checchi, editor
University of Milan

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Chapter 1 Introduction

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

Chapter 3 Australia

Peter Whiteford

Chapter 5 Between Economic Growth and Social Justice

Jaan Masso, Kerly Espenberg, Anu Masso, Inta Mieriņa, and Kaia Philips

Chapter 6 Belgium

Tim Van Rie, and Ive Marx

Chapter 7 Bulgaria

Vassil Tsanov, Petya Ivanova, Silvia Panteleeva, and Bogdan Bogdanov

Chapter 8 Rising Inequality and Its Impact in Canada

Robert Andersen, and Mitch McIvor

Chapter 9 Sources and Impact of Rising Inequality in Denmark

Ioana Neamtu, and Niels Westergaard-Nielsen

Chapter 10 Finland

Jenni Blomgren, Heikki Hiilamo, Olli Kangas, and Mikko Niemelä

Chapter 11 France

Nicolas Frémeaux, and Thomas Piketty

Chapter 12 Germany

Giacomo Corneo, Sonja Zmerli, and Reinhard Pollak

Chapter 13 Greece

Margarita Katsimi, Thomas Moutos, George Pagoulatos, and Dimitri Sotiropoulos

Chapter 14 Hungary

Zoltán Fábián, András Gábos, Marianna Kopasz, Márton Medgyesi, Péter Szivós, and István György Tóth

Chapter 15 Ireland

Brian Nolan, Christopher T. Whelan, Emma Calvert, Tony Fahey, Deirdre Healy, Aogan Mulcahy, Bertrand Maître, Michelle Norris, Ian O’Donnell, and Nessa Winston

Chapter 16 Italy

Gabriele Ballarino, Michela Braga, Massimiliano Bratti, Daniele Checchi, Antonio Filippin, Carlo Fiorio, Marco Leonardi, Elena Meschi, and Francesco Scervini

Chapter 17 Rising Inequality in Japan

Miki Kohara, and Fumio Ohtake

Chapter 18 Korea

Byung You Cheon, Jiyeun Chang, Gyu Seong Hwang, Jin-Wook Shin, Shin-Wook Kang, Byung-Hee Lee, and Hyun Joo Kim

Chapter 19 Luxembourg

Alessio Fusco, Philippe Van Kerm, Aigul Alieva, Luna Bellani, Fanny Etienne-Robert, Anne-Catherine Guio, Iryna Kyzyma, Kristell Leduc, Philippe Liégeois, Maria Noel Pi Alperin, Anne Reinstadler, Eva Sierminska, Denisa Sologon, Patrick Thill, Marie Valentova, and Bogdan Voicu

Chapter 20 The Netherlands

Wiemer Salverda, Marloes de Graaf-Zijl, Christina Haas, Bram Lancee, and Natascha Notten

Chapter 21 The Rise of Inequalities in Poland and Their Impacts

Natalia Letki, Michał Brzeziński, and Barbara Jancewicz

Chapter 22 Portugal

Carlos Farinha Rodrigues, and Isabel Andrade

Chapter 23 Romania

Iuliana Precupetu, and Marius Precupetu

Chapter 24 Slovakia and the Czech Republic

Martin Kahanec, Martin Guzi, Monika Martišková, and Zuzana Siebertová

Chapter 25 Slovenia

Maša Filipovič Hrast, and Miroljub Ignjatović

Chapter 26 Spain

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Xavier Ramos, and Mónica Oviedo

Chapter 27 Sweden

Johan Fritzell, Jennie Bacchus Hertzman, Olof Bäckman, Ida Borg, Tommy Ferrarini, and Kenneth Nelson

Chapter 29 The United States

Lane Kenworthy, and Timothy Smeeding

Chapter 30 Conclusions

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

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