Poverty, Riches and Social Citizenship
Activists say the country's weak social safety net is to blame.
Preventing Ageing Unequally Inequalities in longevity by education in OECD countries Inequalities which surface in the job-market are often entrenched during education, which puts those at the bottom at a serious disadvantage. Poorer students struggle to compete with their wealthier classmates and go on to lower levels of educational attainment, smaller salaries, and most strikingly, shorter lives. Data from 15 OECD countries shows that, at age 30, people with the highest levels of education can expect to live, on average, six years longer than their poorly educated peers.
Investing in education and training will pay long-term dividends for the economy, for individual well-being, and for the overall prosperity of our societies. Reaching excellence through equity is possible. For that, we need to develop more ambitious education and skills policies. They also demonstrate that there are major potential benefits to equip disadvantaged groups, such as low social-background students and low-skilled workers, to acquire better skills and compete for better-paying jobs.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are major potential sources of growth with strong spillover benefits across the economy. But in the past, innovation policies have generally been assessed in terms of their impact on aggregate income growth. As a result, it is essential to consider the social, industrial and territorial implications of innovation policies as well.
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This is especially important if the changes inherent in the innovation process exacerbate income disparities by creating opportunities primarily for high-skilled workers. Inclusive innovation policies — such as implementing well-designed policies to support young firms, simplify registration procedures for start-ups, and improve access to finance and other essential business services — can help mitigate these costs.
Innovation Policies for Inclusive Growth Inequality is closely linked to where people live and work. The economic crisis has widened inequalities across regions within countries. The spatial concentration of income inequality has been increasing everywhere. In advanced economies, income inequality is highest within large cities, with large disparities in income from one area of a city to another.
Addressing regional disparities is a key element of a strategy to reduce inequality and increase well being.
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But he disagrees that political favoritism toward business interests and away from ordinary citizens is the primary reason for burgeoning inequality. Last spring, HBS conducted an alumni survey for its annual U. Competitiveness Project research series, probing respondents for their views on the current and future state of American businesses, the prospects of dominating the global marketplace, and the likelihood that the resulting prosperity would be shared more evenly among citizens.
The survey findings, released in September, showed that most HBS alumni were skeptical that living standards would rise more equitably soon, given existing policies and practices.
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A majority said that inequality and related issues like rising poverty, limited economic mobility, and middle-class stagnation were not only social ills, but problems that affected their businesses. The surging power of the very wealthy in America now rivals levels last seen in the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, analysts say. The difference between being at the top versus the bottom of the income distribution is wider, so the consequences of being born to a poor family in dollar terms are wider. We will continue to have divisive politics. Partisan gridlock in Washington, D.
By adopting a political narrative that government should not and cannot effectively solve problems, legislative inaction results in policy inaction. So we do have models that work. I think that if national policy more approximated the upper third of state and local policies, the U.
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Putnam is heartened that inequality has been widely recognized as a major problem and is no longer treated as a fringe political issue. Jencks says there are many steps the federal government could take — if the political will existed to do so — to slow down or reverse inequality, like increasing the minimum wage, revising the tax code to tax corporate profits and investments more, reducing the debt burden on college students, and improving K education so more students are better prepared for college and for personal advancement.
Though labor rights have been eroding for decades, Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at HLS, still thinks that unions could provide an unusual way to help equalize political power nationally. Unions used to wield both economic and political clout, but legislative and court decisions reduced their effectiveness as economic actors, cutting their political influence as well.
At the same time, campaign finance reform to limit the influence of wealth on politics has failed. Even so, with Congress stalled over fresh policies, analysts say that much of the innovation concerning inequality has moved to state and local levels, where partisanship is less calcified and the needs of constituents are more evident. In Oregon and California, for example, residents will be automatically registered to vote upon turning 18, a move that Skocpol says should bolster civic participation and provide protection from onerous new voter-identification laws.
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