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Canadian Inequality: Recent Development and Policy Options

  • Fortin, Nicole M.
  • Green, David A.
  • Lemieux, Thomas
  • Milligan, Kevin
  • Riddell, W. Craig

Considerable concern has recently been expressed about growing income inequality. Much of the discussion, though, has been in general terms and focused on the U.S. experience. To understand whether and how Canada ought to respond to this development, we need to be clear on the facts. This paper documents Canadian patterns in income inequality and investigates the top 1% of earners – the group receiving much attention. We summarize what is known about the causes of growing income inequality, including the role of gender wage differences. Finally we outline policy options for reducing -- or slowing the growth of -- inequality.

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Paper provided by Vancouver School of Economics in its series CLSSRN working papers with number clsrn_admin-2012-18.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: 30 May 2012
Date of revision: 30 May 2012
Handle: RePEc:ubc:clssrn:clsrn_admin-2012-18
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