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OECD Forum on Tackling Inequality

OECD Forum on Tackling Inequality

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OECD FORUM ON TACKLING INEQUALITYPARIS, MONDAY 2 MAY 2011
GROWING INCOME INEQUALITY IN OECD COUNTRIES:WHAT DRIVES IT AND HOW CAN POLICY TACKLE IT?
www.oecd.org/els/social/inequalitywww.oecd.org/social/ministerial 
 
GROWING INCOME INEQUALITY IN OECD COUNTRIES: WHAT DRIVES IT AND HOW CAN POLICY TACKLE IT?
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OECD FORUM ON TACKLING INEQUALITY, PARIS, 2 MAY 2011 © OECD
 
TABLE OF CONTENTSThe overall picture: inequality on the rise in most OECD countries
........................................... 5Trends in income inequality ............................................................................................................ 5Where is the increasing income inequality coming from: wages, employment or capital incomes? ... 6
What drives growing earnings and income disparities?
................................................................ 8How important are globalisation, technological change and regulatory reform for inequality? ..... 9Does it matter for inequality whether rich men marry rich women? ............................................. 10Have income taxes and benefit systems become less successful in redistributing income? ......... 11
Which lessons for policies?
............................................................................................................. 12References ......................................................................................................................................... 13
Table
Table 1. Household incomes increased faster at the top ................................................................. 5
Figures
Figure 1. Income inequality increased in most OECD countries ................................................... 6Figure 2. Hours worked declined more among lower-wage workers ............................................. 7Figure 3. Capital income is becoming a more important source of household income,but mainly for rich households ........................................................................................ 8Figure 4. Economic integration and the role of technology were growing rapidly,especially since the mid-1990s ........................................................................................ 9Figure 5. Market incomes are distributed much more unequally than net incomes ..................... 11

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