While growth is essential for recovery, we also need to improve living standards and people’s quality of life – with access to health care, quality jobs, opportunities to learn and improve skills, and a clean environment. Addressing inequality, which has been on the rise even before the crisis, is crucial. Today, in OECD countries, the average income of the richest 10% of the population is approximately nine times that of the poorest, up from seven to one 25 years ago. Rapid growth in emerging economies, notably in Asian countries, has also been associated with persisting vulnerability and high inequalities. As emerging markets struggle to maintain high growth and as middle-class expectations rise, policies for social cohesion and long-term development are needed now more than ever.
Moving from diagnosis to solutions, what policies help maximise opportunity, education and training, fair taxation and incentives? What programmes empower all groups of society to fulfil their potential?
- The importance of quality jobs
- Education in the 21st century: Five lessons from China
- Why policy makers should care about motivating students
- The anxieties of the rich
- Poorly skilled adults: a neglected factor in income inequality
- Growth and inequality: A close relationship?
- Jobs are key for inclusive growth
- It's time to tax
- Inclusive growth: Making it happen
- When economic growth benefits only a few
- Inclusive growth: Naive optimism or call for revolution?
- The ups and downs of GDP
- Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries
- OECD Initiative on Inclusive Growth
- OECD work on inequality
- OECD work on employment
- The Journal, 2014, Reimagining the Aging Experience
- Social Security’s Impact on the National Economy
Gary Koenig, AARP Public Policy Institute, Al Myles, Mississippi State University
Research Report, October 2013, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Social Security: Who’s Counting on It?
Alison Shelton, Fact Sheet 289, August 2013, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Social Security: A Key Retirement Resource for Women
Alison Shelton, Fact Sheet 288, August 2013, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Social Security Keeps Americans of All Ages Out of Poverty: State-Level Estimates, 2010-2012
Mikki Waid, Fact Sheet 303, February 2014, AARP Public Policy Institute
- Youth unemployment - Does the EU care about its future?
Claire Dhéret, Policy Brief, 26 April 2013, European Policy Centre
- Government Procurement Strategies in Brazil, Auction Theory and "Big Data"
Issue no. 18, FGV Projetos
- The Spanish economic crisis and Brazil´s electricity sector
- The Effects of Globalization on Wage Inequality: New Insights from a Dynamic Trade Model with Heterogeneous Firms
Sebastian Braun, Wolfgang Lechthaler and Mariya Mileva
Kiel Policy Brief No. 70, February 2014, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
- The new performance frontier
Quality of Life Observer, 12 February 2014, by Michel Landel, Sodexo CEO, Sodexo
- Promoting Quality of Life as a key driver of organizations' performance
Quality of Life Observer, 27 February 2014, Sodexo