UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Working Papers aim to stimulate discussion and critical comment on the broad range of economic, social and environmental issues associated with the United Nations Development Agenda.


Inequality Trends in Some Developed OECD Countries

This paper argues that income inequality has increased in several, but not all, developed countries over the last twenty years. The increase in some countries supports the conclusion that the deregulation of markets, resulting in the concentration of economic power, is the fundamental cause as well as the gross manifestation of inequality of both income and wealth.


Keywords: inequality, unemployment, developed countries, income distribution
JEL: D31: Microeconomics / Distribution / Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions; D30: Microeconomics / Distribution / Distribution: General; D33: Microeconomics / Distribution / Factor Income Distribution
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