Does Inequality Matter?

Through cross-country evidence, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has shown that economic inequality has risen in most OECD countries in the last thirty years or so while social mobility has stagnated or worsened. In its most recent report, the OECD turns its gaze to the question of how people perceive inequality and social mobility.

When it comes to questions on the perception of inequality, it has been shown in the report that there is overwhelming concern regarding income distribution and the lack of equal opportunities in the average world citizen. However, far from being an umbrella statement, there are instead a multitude of layers shaping people’s understanding of the phenomenon and factors affecting it.

Figure 1: Concern over income disparities has increased in the recent decades
Source: OECD. (2021). Does Inequality Matter?

In this report, emphasis is laid on providing an explanation to several such factors such as whether people care about inequality, how connected is their perception of inequality to the actually prevailing reality, how supportive is the general public for increased governmental action to bridge income gaps and how far are the people ready to go to hold governments accountable for failing to do so. It then moves on to providing interesting policy insights about the reform process and some hitherto ignored policies that have worked well.

Click here to read the full report.

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