OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE)

The OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE) 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.

Why inequality matters

Opinion

Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

Income inequality has been growing in many European and other advanced economies in recent decades, a pattern that threatens the very fabric of our social, economic, and political systems.


The numbers are troubling not only because high inequality is harmful to social cohesion but also because it hinders long-term growth as people at the low end of income distribution — the bottom 40 percent — cannot invest adequately in education and health for themselves or their children. This tends to make inequality self-perpetuating from one generation to the next. Read more...

 

By Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

28 February 2017

 

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How much do you earn compared with others in your country? Do you feel rich, poor, or just average? Use this tool and found out how your income really compares.

Rich or poor? A reality check

More than 1 million people around the world have used the OECD’s Compare your Income tool, responding to questions on how rich or poor they think they are compared to others and their vision for what a fairer sharing of the pie would be.

What does the Centre offer?

  • High-quality reports on inequalities:
    The Centre for Opportunity and Equality has a unique capacity to produce and coordinate cross-country and cross-sectoral policy analysis and data on a range of socio-economic inequalities including wealth, employment, education, health and access to public services, as well as across people with different characteristics, such as gender, age or socio-economic background. The Centre also draws on expertise from across the Organisation to help countries address the key challenges posed by the rise in inequalities.

  • High-impact events that help to shape the international policy debate:
    As part of the Inclusive Growth Initiative, the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality organises a series of high-level events and seminars with international speakers – policy makers, academics and social organisations – to discuss key policy issues and initiatives addressing different dimensions of inequality. It also partners with other research centres and organisations to organise joint events.

  • Exchanges of information & expertise on inequality:
    The Centre for Opportunity and Equality hosts visiting researchers as well as experts from research centres and public administrations to contribute to and learn from the OECD work on opportunity and equality. It also interacts with the Inclusive Growth Advisory Group of international experts on inequalities and inclusive growth.

 

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