We have reached a tipping point. Inequality can no longer be treated social deductions for children 2017 an afterthought.
We need to focus the debate on how the benefits of growth are distributed. The OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality is a platform for promoting and conducting policy-oriented research on the trends, causes and consequences of inequalities in society and the economy, and a forum to discuss how policies can best address such inequalities. The work of the Centre can be found below. Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago.
Only in Turkey, Chile, and Mexico has inequality fallen, but in the latter two countries the incomes of the richest are still more than 25 times those of the poorest. In emerging economies, such as China and India, a sustained period of strong economic growth has helped lift millions of people out of absolute poverty. But the benefits of growth have not been evenly distributed and high levels of income inequality have risen further. Among the dynamic emerging economies, only Brazil managed to strongly reduce inequality, but the gap between rich and poor is still about five times that in the OECD countries. The OECD analyses trends in inequality and poverty for advanced and emerging economies.