Uma Rani Amara, Senior Economist, Marianne Furrer, Research Officer
If you watch the news or read the papers, chances are you have heard about income inequality. The issue is complex and polarizing. But what does income inequality really mean?
For anyone who’s still in the dark about income inequality, it’s essentially the uneven way in which income is distributed within a population. The rich keep getting richer but everyone else’s income stays the same or decreases.
Martin Murphy, ILO Director of Communications and Public Information (a.i). @martinmurphyilo
As part of our coverage of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, we sat down with experts on a whole range of topics to look at some of the biggest issues facing the world of work. These talks were broadcast live to an audience of thousands of people worldwide, who shared their thoughts and questions with our experts. Here’s a short list of some of the things that we learned.
When I talk about schools and hospitals in the fight against poverty and inequality, people generally nod in agreement. They may have different ideas about how they should be run and paid for, but we agree on the power of health and the power of education.
But when we talk about social protection there is much greater confusion: confusion created by competing political ideologies, differing economic demands, by misunderstanding about what it is, what it can do and who should be driving it.