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Growing apart: Causes and consequences of rising income inequality in rich countries

Growing apart: Causes and consequences of rising income inequality in rich countries

Obama calls it the “defining challenge of our time”. Head of IMF Lagarde says it casts “a dark shadow … across the global economy”. Income inequality went up considerably in most rich countries. How can we explain this & what are possible consequences?

The benefits of economic growth over the past few decades have not been shared equally among households in developed countries. My dissertation addresses determinants and political and economic consequences of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries. I will defend my dissertation called “Growing apart: The comparative political economy of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries’ on the 29th of September 2015 at the Academiegebouw of Leiden University.

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