Unequal Society

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Our societies are becoming more economically unequal, but what can we do about it? Join the director and researchers of the IFS to discuss what needs to be done, and what's possible, to build a better future

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Society & Politics
How does our early education shape our future?

What do you picture when you think of education? Schools, teachers, homework, probably exams... But education actually starts much earlier in life. Why are the early years so important, and how can they impact how a child grows up? Read more

Christine Farquharson

Christine Farquharson is a Senior Research Economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK's leading economic research institute, where she researches how children develop and what government policy can do to support them.

As an economist, Christine focuses on using data to answer questions like how attending formal childcare affects children's later attainment, or how well parenting programmes promote long-run health. Inequalities in life experiences start even before birth, and lead to later inequalities in earnings, health, and happiness, so Christine is passionate about generating good evidence on what works to support all children to reach their full potential.

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Society & Politics
Would a wealth tax work?

Societies are becoming more economically unequal over the last 50 years. The wealthiest 10% of households now hold 43% of all the wealth in Great Britain. Should we tax wealth? And if so, how? Read more

Dr. Arun Advani

University of Warwick

Arun Advani is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick, UK.

He studies issues of inequality, tax compliance, and tax design, with a focus on those with high incomes or wealth and was a Commissioner at the Wealth Tax Commission in the UK.

Arun is also the co-founder and co-chair of Discover Economics, an organisation which aims to increase the diversity of people who study and work in economics. Arun believes that economics is a powerful tool for social change, and is central in policymaking, but around half of all students at state comprehensives never get the opportunity to study it. Discover Economics aims to provide new routes into economics, so that economics can better represent the society it serves.

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Society & Politics
Geography & the World
Is economic inequality a problem?

Many societies have become more economically unequal over the last 50 years; the world’s richest 1% now owns nearly 50% of the world’s wealth. What has driven this increase in inequality, and is it actually a problem? Read more

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson CBE is the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK's leading economic research institute, and visiting professor of economics at University College London.

Paul's goal for the Institute for Fiscal Studies is to understand the impact of economic and social policies on individuals, families and businesses. Its findings are based on rigorous analysis, detailed empirical evidence and in-depth institutional knowledge.

So Paul is definitely the man to ask if you want to understand how money, and the way countries create policies around it, shape the world for the people who live in it.

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