How can we fight inequality? Causes – Consequences – Strategies against a global phenomenon


With the kind support of Renner Institute

Time - Tuesday, 1 March 2016, 5.30 p.m.

Venue - Urania, Dachsaal/ Uraniastraße 1, 1010 Vienna

Languages: German and English with simultaneous interpretation

Economic and social inequality is rising significantly, on a global as well as on a national (Austrian) plane. A recent report published by Oxfam shows that the 62 richest individual persons together own as much as the poorer half of the world´s population. In Austria 50 % of all households own less than 5 % of the overall wealth.

What are the causes of this inequality, and which consequences does it have for economic and social development? How can we reach higher distributive justice? Which measures must be taken apart from putting higher taxes on assets and property?


Karl A. Duffek, Director of the Karl-Renner-Institut

Ernst Stetter, General Secretary of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)


Peter Bofinger, University of Würzburg, Professor for Economics; Member of the German Council of Economic Experts

Rudolf Hundstorfer, Minister (ret.), Presidential Candidate of the SPÖ (tbc)

Inge Kaul, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

Jose Antonio Ocampo, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University;
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (ret.)


Eva Belabed, Economist



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