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Global Inequality

Global Inequality: Branko Milanovic Takes on the World

Dean Baker | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Dean Baker

Branko Milanovic is one of the world's leading experts on inequality, having spent decades at the World Bank studying patterns within and between countries. He therefore brings an enormous scope of knowledge of recent and past income trends to his new book.

Refugees And Responsibility In Europe And The U.S.

Pierre Guerlain | Posted 09.15.2015 | World
Pierre Guerlain

The genie cannot be put back in the bottle and wars cannot "unhappen". Yet besides the humanitarian help which decency dictates should be offered to refugees, the resort to diplomacy instead of war would also help millions of people now fleeing their countries and trying to make a new life elsewhere.

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.05.2016 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.

Are We Past the Point of No Return When It Comes to Inequality?

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

Policy makers must find ways to stop inequality's march. Failure to do so will cause wealth to become more concentrated in the hands of a few, lowering the standard of living for everyone else, creating a reversal of the shared prosperity that characterized much of the 20th century.

These Charts Show Growing Numbers of People Being Excluded From the Economy

Saskia Sassen | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Saskia Sassen

We have moved towards an economy that can simultaneously benefit some enormously and destroy unusually large numbers of others.

Why the Current Thinking on Income Inequality Is Wrong

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Keosha Varela

The International Monetary Fund's First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton recently spoke about the global economy at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. We sat down with Lipton before the Washington Ideas Roundtables Series event, where he discussed income inequality and his big idea for addressing it at an international level.

Is President Obama a Laggard or a Leader on Inequality?

Paul O'Brien | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Paul O'Brien

Oxfam's analysis of State of the Union Addresses over the past 100 years shows no president has spoken less about inequality since the Great Depression. Will Obama change that tonight?

A Tale of Two Reports: Global Inequality According to Bill Gates and Oxfam

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Two reports on global inequality made headlines recently, putting a spotlight on an oft-neglected topic. As the world's movers and shakers flock to Davos for the World Economic Forum, these reports describe two different situations, in essence "the best of times" and the "worst of times."

Jan Diehm

LOOK: Inequality In U.S. Is Scarily High, Rising | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

President Obama acknowledged Monday that inequality is on the rise "even though the economy is growing." That growth hasn't helped many people who los...

Global Inequality Likely To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

Reuters | Posted 08.03.2013 | Business

* Most vulnerable countries include Cyprus, Spain, Italy * Risk has declined in Belgium, Germany, Slovakia * Gap between...

We Have the Power to Change the Rules

Thomas Pogge | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Thomas Pogge

Lasting change requires more than overthrowing a dictator or firing a few CEOs. It requires changing the rules themselves -- the national and international laws, policies and practices that allow injustices to endure while regimes rise and fall.

Jasmine Whitbread: Will Inequality Finally Top the Agenda At Davos?

Jasmine Whitbread | Posted 03.27.2012 | Business
Jasmine Whitbread

As the global elite gathers for the World Economic Forum this week, the "Occupy" igloos popping up around Davos, Switzerland should serve as a great visual reminder that inequality can no longer be ignored.

Capsized by the Rising Tide

Paul O'Brien | Posted 03.25.2012 | Impact
Paul O'Brien

The world doesn't need to stop growing in order to avoid inequality and protect the planet. Rather, smart policy choices can mean that more people can reap the benefits of growth, and for the long run.