It is now well-known that income inequality is hazardous to human health and a host of other social outcomes, as demonstrated by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett’s book The Spirit Level and Equality Trust organization (some great resources and slides there, too).
Now a new study by the International Monetary Fund has found that higher rates of income inequality are strongly associated with shorter periods of economic growth: e.g., that greater equality is associated with more sustainable and longer-lasting economic growth.
The research paper, Inequality and Unsustainable growth: Two Sides of the Same Coin? is relatively short (20 pages) , provides robust quantitive evidence with qualitative analysis, examines reasons for this relationship and suggests some tentative policy implications.
- Guest Blog from Kim Pollock: Stagnation Without End (May 19th, 2015)
- Should we be taxing the rich 1% more? (May 12th, 2015)
- ROCHON on: A tale of two economies? Making sense of recent US and Canadian labour market data (March 13th, 2015)
- Thinking Through the Fall-Out of Lower Oil Prices (March 6th, 2015)
- G20 meeting of world finance ministers too little too late (February 15th, 2015)