Inequality and Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Rich Countries

Seminar LIEPP/CEE April 3rd 2019 - 12h30-14h30
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LIEPP and the Center of European Studies and Comparative Politics invite you to the seminar: 

Inequality and Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Rich Countries

with Brian Nolan

Wednesday April 3th 2019, 12h30 - 14h30

Salle Goguel

Sciences Po, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, 75007 Paris 

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Nolan Brian Nolan

 Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention

 University of Oxford


Rising inequality has become such a widespread concern in rich countries primarily because it is seen to be associated with long-term stagnation in living standards for ordinary working households, compounded by the Great Recession. This talk presents the findings of a program of research on inequality and performance in improving ordinary living standards over recent decades across the wealthy nations of OECD, drawing on two recent OUP books, Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries: Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes and Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Rich Countries. It highlights the wide variation in performance in generating real income growth around and below the middle, and relates this to what happened to income inequality and economic growth. The divergence between growth in GDP and median incomes is probed. The explanatory power of widely-used country clusters/models with respect to growth in middle and lower incomes is assessed. Analysis of the underlying causal processes highlights the complexity of the impacts of globalization and technological change on wages and household incomes. By looking across this broad canvas, the findings have important lessons for how best to pursue the quest for inclusive growth and prosperity, not least in highlighting the dangers inherent in applying lessons from the US experience across the rich countries more generally.





 Bruno Palier

 Sciences Po, CEE & LIEPP, CNRS