Inequality shocks and the politics of compensatory redistribution in the OECD world, 1990-2013

Seminar with Jonas Pontusson, Oct 19th 2016
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Seminar with Jonas PONTUSSON:

Inequality shocks and the politics of compensatory redistribution in the OECD world, 1990-2013

LIEPP is glad to invite you to attend the seminar held on:

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

LIEPP's Conference Room

LIEPP's Office, 1st Floor, 254 bvd Saint-Germain

75007 Paris

Interested participants should register here

Jonas PONTUSSON (University of Geneva) 

Jonas Pontusson is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Geneva and a Visiting Scholar at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, for the academic year 2016-17. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at Cornell University and Princeton University before moving to Geneva in 2010. He has written extensively on the politics of inequality in OECD countries. He is currently working on the distributive implications of macroeconomic growth models and, in parallel, preparing a research project on the consequences of inequality for government responsiveness to low- and middle-income citizens. 

Abstract of the paper

Focusing on Western Europe, this paper provides an overview of trends in inequality, measured before and after taxes and transfers, over the last 25 years.  The paper shows that low-end and high-end inequality both move with the macroeconomic cycle, but in opposite directions: top-end inequality rises during upturns while low-end rises during downturns.   Tax-transfer systems compensate to rising low-end inequality during downturns, but the extent to which this is so varies over time.  Compensatory compensation in 2008-13 was weak by comparison to the first half of the 1990s.  In general, middle-income voters appear to have become less sensitive to recession-induced inequality shocks.

Discussion by:

Bruno PALIER (CNRS Research Director at Centre d'études européennes/CEE, LIEPP's Co-Director).