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23 March 2012

TÁRKI Hosts Mid-Term GINI-conference: "Inequalities and their impacts on European societies"

What are the social, cultural and political impacts of increasing inequalities in income, wealth and education? TÁRKI Social Research Institute hosts the mid-term conference of the "Growing Inequalities' Impacts" research project on the 23-24th of March in Budapest, which answers the question above.

At the conference, the participants review the last two years of the research project, which combines an interdisciplinary analysis that draws on economics, sociology, political science and health studies, with improved methodologies, uniform measurement, wide country coverage, a clear policy dimension and broad dissemination. The project operates in a framework of a policy-oriented debate and international comparisons across all EU countries (except Cyprus and Malta), the USA, Japan, Canada and Australia.

GINI is fielding a team of more than 100 highly experienced researchers comprised of six core teams from Amsterdam, Antwerp, Budapest, Dublin, London and Milan, who organise the work and provide the backbone of the project, as well as develop the main approach for their own six countries. 30 individual associates will add valuable expertise on specific issues for developing the main project approach, and 20 country teams that extend the main approach to 23 more countries. In the first two years of the project four working groups developed an analysis of the following issues: inequality analyses, social impacts, cultural and political impacts and policy effects. In addition, six country reports were prepared.

The keynote speakers of the conference were László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Medical Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, Andrea Brandolini, Director in the Department for Structural Economic Analysis of the Bank of Italy, and Michael F. Förster, Senior policy analyst at the OECD Social Policy Division.

The detailed programme is available here.

You can find more information about the project here.