The poor and the middle class will be the hardest hit if the South African government increases the value-added tax.
The South African government should weigh its decision carefully whether to increase value added tax (VAT) as indirect taxes fall most heavily on the poor and the middle class.
A powerful weapon against inequality that has been largely ignored in the UK is the collectively-owned social wealth fund.
Most of us can’t bend it like Beckham, for various reasons. But is that necessarily the worst thing?
Rather than hold on to the idea of equality of opportunity, it might be more accurate to say that we don’t really support it because it comes at too high a price.
What happened to America’s working class?
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One reason for widening inequality is the decline of unions, which in turn is partly the result of the gradual elimination of the "working class" from our vocabulary.
Equalisers: Argentina’s Cristina de Kirchner, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff, and Uruguay’s Jose Mujica.
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While still host to some of the world's most unequal countries, Latin America is making strides where Europe and the US are falling behind.
What does Lady Justice stand for?
One of the great issues of our day is inequality. Whether it is the Greek debt crisis, anxieties about Sydney real estate prices, the continuing resonance of “Occupy” and cries about the “1%”, or the publishing…
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in the The Great Gatsby. Jay’s story has been used by economists to explain the combination of unequal distribution of income and less economic mobility.
Evidence on the ability, or lack thereof, of children to rise above the economic status of their parents shines light on the continued persistence of inequality, including in South Africa.
Jack Warner: under arrest.
Reform of FIFA is clearly needed, but it must accommodate dissent of the anglo-centric world view.
Some who made it.
While How to Be Both may be set in the Renaissance and the 1960s, its truths about inequality are just as relevant today.
Both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have defended the budget savings as ‘fair’.
If the government had provided analysis on how the budget impacts households it may not have found itself defending its record on fairness.
Millions of Nigeria’s young people are turning to the informal sector.
Nigeria has been among the fastest growing economies this past decade but only 25% of the country's population has benefited from this growth, leaving the majority trapped in the informal sector.
Making things happen in Philadelphia
New research shows how cities are tackling the issues usually dealt with by states and the federal government
Holding back the tide.
Six hundred years separate two post-election protests, but the issues at hand are strangely similar and the mistakes too easily repeated.
Too often, we think of "democracy" as what happens during an election campaign – but it goes much deeper than that.
Tomorrow’s engineers? Unlikely.
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Some economists and others have argued smart machines are increasingly stealing our jobs. In fact, the opposite may be true.
A man walks past collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Global coverage of the Nepal earthquake focused issues of preparedness and political instability but missed the systemic, historical inequities that made the disaster so devastating.
Can the parties do more?
No party is offering a wealth tax or anything equivalent to tackle UK inequality.
Union City Blues. Activists join anti-Thatcher protests in 2013.
British orgainsed labour has remained relevant despite the onslaught suffered during the 1980s, but it lacks the institutional structure that would make the future secure.
Rather than an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of economic advance, increased inequality that results from rent-seeking is arguably cancerous.
Our policy-makers know perfectly well how to reduce inequality and tackle political favouritism. The question is, will this federal budget even try?
Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth.
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Mixed-income housing has been promoted as a panacea to concentrated poverty and crime. But recent research raises some red flags.