A blog on inequality

Pocket Pikkety –

Thomas  Pikkety's  "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" is a vital read in inequality. But, it is a long, long read. Someone needed to a shorter and accurate summary, and Jesper Roine has done just that with Pocket Pikkety.   The sales copy made... Continue Reading →

Stiglitz – American Inequality Did Not Just Happen

Joseph Stiglitz discusses American inequality. He argues in an article on Evonomics: American inequality didn’t just happen. It was created. Market forces played a role, but it was not market forces alone. In a sense, that should be obvious: economic... Continue Reading →

What do we really know about income inequality?

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) provides a summary of inequality in the G20 countries. It makes important conclusions, including that “income inequality makes it harder for poor families to benefit from economic growth.”

Work In Progress

Uma Rani Amara, Senior Economist, Marianne Furrer, Research Officer

If you watch the news or read the papers, chances are you have heard about income inequality. The issue is complex and polarizing. But what does income inequality really mean?

For anyone who’s still in the dark about income inequality, it’s essentially the uneven way in which income is distributed within a population. The rich keep getting richer but everyone else’s income stays the same or decreases.

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How Dataviz Can Unintentionally Perpetuate Inequality

I consider visualising data to be a crucial step in ensuring that people understand whatever I am trying to explain. There are of course, good visualisations and bad visualisations. I have had my share of both. But, what if visualisations... Continue Reading →

Basic Income and Markets

An interesting argument, by Scott Santens on Basic Income and markets, specifically startups. An argument for a link between a basic income and entrepreneurship.  Scott Santens has a crowdfunded monthly basic income and has been a moderator of the Basic... Continue Reading →

Coffee and the minimum wage – A short reflection

Coffee and the minimum wage - Huge congratulations to the NEDLAC partners on agreeing to a national minimum wage. (edit: written just before the signing was cancelled) Over a chat at my local coffee shop, I chatted about the minimum... Continue Reading →

Counting Women’s Work – South Africa

Counting Women's Work is an international research project, that is: Bringing women’s total economic contributions into view and revealing patterns of difference by gender. The infographic below is for South Africa, and tells a story of inequality in household labour.... Continue Reading →

Lower income households spend more that 30% of income on food & non-alcoholic beverages – Statistics South Africa

Aninka Claassens: South Africa Traditional Courts Bill Needs Enforcement Mechanisms

Improved Traditional Courts Bill (TCB) needs enforcement mechanisms By Aninka Claassens THE new Traditional Courts Bill announced on Monday is an important victory for the rural people who rejected a previous version at public hearings in 2012, and for the... Continue Reading →

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