Working Notes Issue 75: Inequality Matters

Working Notes Issue 75Working Notes Issue 75: Inequality Matters

There has been an increased focus on inequality in the last few years, from sources as diverse as the Occupy movement and the OECD. The slogan of the former, ‘We are the 99%’, reflects the extreme concentration of wealth and incomes in the top 1% of the population in developed countries.

While the OECD has identified that ‘Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level for the past half century. The average income of the richest 10% of the population is about nine times that of the poorest 10% across the OECD, up from seven times 25 years ago’.

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Peter McVerry SJ's opinion series for the Irish Times

mcverry 400x307Power and Privilege go hand in hand, Peter McVerry SJ writing in the Irish Times

Peter McVerry SJ, as a part of a five part series, in The Irish Times entitled 'Power and privilege: how the wealthy, church and global capitalism hold sway'.

In it he argues that "To try to understand poverty, the poor have been analysed to death. Volumes have been written on their backgrounds, education and every minute detail of their lives. But to understand poverty, we have to analyse wealth."

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