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Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising


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December 2011

Pages: 400


In the three decades prior to the recent economic downturn, wage gaps widened and household income inequality increased in a large majority of OECD countries. This occurred even when countries were going through a period of sustained economic and employment growth. This report analyses the major underlying forces behind these developments:

- An Overview of Growing Income Inequalities in OECD Countries: Main Findings

- Special Focus: Inequality in Emerging Economies (EEs)

- Part I. How Globalisation, Technological Change and Policies Affect Wage and Earnings Inequalities

- Part II. How Inequalities in Labour Earnings Lead to Inequalities in Household Disposable Income

- Part III. How the Roles of Tax and Transfer Systems Have Changed


Press material


Country notes (from December 2011)




 France (en Français & English)

 Germany (Presentation in German)


 Italy (in Italian & English)

 Japan  (in Japanese & English)

 Korea (in Korean & English)

 Mexico (in Spanish & English)

 New Zealand

 Spain (in Spanish & English)

 Sweden (updated partially in Jan. 2015)

 United Kingdom  

 United States

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Corrigendum pages 22, 23, 233, and 265


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