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Is high inequality an issue in Poland?

Michał Brzeziński ()

No 01/2017, IBS Policy Papers from Instytut Badan Strukturalnych

Abstract: In recent years, growing economic inequality has become one of the most debated social and economic problems in the world. Over the last three decades, most OECD countries have recorded a pronounced rise in income inequality. A number of researchers, politicians and economic commentators have suggested that the level of inequality has passed the tipping point beyond which economic growth may be weakened, social mobility limited, the social divide exacerbated and political power permanently concentrated in the hands of the wealthy. This paper analyses the multiple dimensions of economic inequality in Poland. Subsequent parts of the paper focus on: wage dispersion, income inequality, the evolution of wage dispersion and income inequality in Poland since 1989, wealth inequality, inequality of opportunity, relative poverty.

Keywords: income inequality; top income shares; wage dispersion; wealth inequality; inequality of opportunity; Poland (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 P36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-06
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