Hannes Swoboda MEP, S&D Group

Introductory Contributions by the co-editors

Kate Pickett, Professor of epidemiology, University of York,
& Richard Wilkinson, Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

Reducing inequality through economic democracy. How all forms of economic democracy constrain inequality (employee representation, trade unions, employee ownership etc) whilst at the same time enhancing productivity and wellbeing.

Gosta Esping-Andersen, Professor of sociology, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

How familly change and income inequality affect children’s life chances. How rising inequalities in household labor supply and income are reinforced by changes in family demography, and how this in turn influences life chances

Inequality on the Rise

Timothy Smeeding, Director, Institute for Research on Poverty, and Arts & Science Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs,
La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin- Madison & Salvatore Morelli, Assistant Professor - CSEF - University of Naples - Federico II & Jeffrey Thompson, Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

Recent trends in income inequality in the developped countries. Which are the primary manifestations? Any significant variations across nations? Are societies polarizing? Is the trend abating?

Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Professor of Economics, LUISS University, Rome, & Francesco Saraceno, Senior Economist, OFCE, Paris

Drivers of inequality: Past and present challenges for Europe

Wiemer Salverda,Coordinator of Growing Inqualities’ Impacts (GINI) international research project (

Can income redistribution help changing rising inequality?

Multiple Effects of Inequality

Jo Blanden, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Surrey and Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Inequality restricts opportunities

Frank Elgar, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal

Equality, social cohesion and wellbeing

Roberto De Vogli, Associate Professor in Social Determinants of Global Health at the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California Davis (UCD)

Inequality and the environmental crisis: time to dethrone global neoliberalism

Policy Perspectives on Inequality

Zita Gurmai MEP, President, PES Women

Not less but more gender equality for 2014 and beyond!

Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and Immigration, Luxembourg, and Coordinating Minister of the Network of Employment and Social Affairs Ministers for the Party of European Socialists

Combating inequality: towards an effective mix of national and European policy responses