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Changes in the wealthy nations of the OECD

Brian Nolan, Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford delivers a lecture about how income inequality has changed over time in countries belonging to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He reveals that while the UK and USA are the most unequal societies in terms of income, traditionally equal countries such as those in Scandinavia are increasingly following their Atlantic neighbours, whilst some of the transition countries of central Europe experienced high increases in inequality following their exit from the Soviet bloc. As well as crunching the numbers, Prof Nolan also touches on the detrimental impacts such inequalities can have on economic growth and society in general.

This talk was given as part of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative’s lunchtime seminar series.