New research on inequality and its impacts

Inequality and its Impacts

Since 1952, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has prepared the Report on the World Social Situation—with varying periodicity—as the United Nations flagship publication on social development issues. In 2017, the General Assembly encouraged the Secretary-General to “include best practices in the reduction of inequalities within and among countries in the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.” With this in mind, Mr. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General of DESA, has determined that the Report on the World Social Situation 2019 will focus on the links between inequality and other major global trends, including technological innovation, climate change, urbanization and international migration.

The Division for Inclusive Social Development (DISD) of UN DESA will organize an expert group meeting on “New research on inequality and its impacts” at UN Headquarters in New York from 12 to 13 September 2018. The outcomes of the meeting will feed directly into the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.Experts will present recent research on economic and other types of inequality as well as on their social and political costs. They will also make policy recommendations. The last session of the meeting will be devoted to discussing the outline of the Report on the World Social Situation 2019.

Concept Note

Agenda

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Final Report


Presentations

Session I: Income inequality trends and their measurement

Tracking the rise of global economic inequality: new evidence from the World Inequality Report 2018 by Lucas Chancel

Inequality increasing everywhere? Evidence from a global database of household surveys by Francisco Ferreira


Session II: Income mobility over the life course, poverty dynamics and inequality

Measuring Welfare Dynamics in Africa and Middle East Regions by Hai-Anh Dang

Poverty Dynamics and Opportunity by Anirudh Krishna

Chronic Poverty and Inequality: Tackling constraints to develop a pathway to zero poverty by Vidya Diwakar


Session III: Social impacts of inequality

Social Mobility in developing countries:Emerging trends in Theory and Practice by Anirudh Krishna

How are Inequality and Poverty Linked? by Abigail McKnight

A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility by Céline Thévenot


Session IV: Political impacts of rising inequality

Cultural Backlash by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

Inequality, Democracy and Redistribution by Robert Andersen

The Politics of Inequality, Opportunity & Redistribution (mostly, but not only, in the U.S.) by Leslie McCall


Session V: What can be done to tackle inequality?

Inequality and Equality of Opportunity – three motivating pictures by Miles Corak

Fiscal Policy and Inequality in Low and Middle Income Countries by Stephen D. Younger

Poverty Reduction and Social Security Cracks in a Policy Paradigm by Bea Cantillon

International Inequality Dynamics: Issues and Evidence of a Redistribution Kuznets Curve by Paul J.J. Welfens/Vladimir Udalov


Papers

Social Security and Poverty Reduction in Rich Welfare States : Cracks in the Post War Policy Paradigm, Avenues for the Future by Bea Cantillon

Exposure to rising inequality shapes Americans’ opportunity beliefs and policy support by Leslie McCall

International Equality Dynamics: Issues and Evidence of a Redistribution Kuznets Curve by Paul J.J. Welfens

Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and the Rise of Authoritarian Populism by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

A Broken Social Elevator? How to Promote Social Mobility by Céline Thévenot, OECD Jobs and Incomes Division

Multidimensional Inequality Framework by Abigail McKnight

 

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