We frequently hear discussion about the possibility that younger generations are going to be poorer than their parents. Many young adults are in entry jobs at ages when their parents were established and having children. Some claim that the baby boom set itself up with good education, good health insurance, good jobs, good job protection, … More Does Social Policy Support Intergenerational Fairness?
Wikipedia has an interesting table showing minimum wage rates in many countries. They then calculate what share of the GDP per capita in that country, a full time minimum wage worker worker would earn in a year. The following table presents some examples for Canada, USA and a few comparable countries. It also shows the … More A New Measure of Inequality in the Labour Force
For many decades, social policy analysts have commented on the differences between European, especially Scandinavian, countries and North America, in relation to welfare state policies. In Canada and the USA a term like “welfare” tends to be a label for programs which give out small amounts of money to the poor, who nonetheless are viewed … More Does Social Diversity Undermine Public Support for Social Insurance? New Research Findings
The OECD is encouraging member countries to increase educational attainment to support economic growth in the face of prospective economic slowdown. They also recommend broader access to higher levels of education to offset increasing economic inequality. Question is, are increased attainment and broader access complementary objectives? And are they attainable? OECD countries are spending more … More Education as Equalizer or Industry? New Issues and Challenges
We’ve heard lots about increasing inequality in North America and Europe, Solid research reports (such as OECD, Divided We Stand (2011)) have made it clear that not only are the rich getting richer, but for several decades, the poor and the middle classes have been losing ground. A Canadian Parliamentary Committee pointed out in Dec … More Politudes Commentary: Is the timing right to do something serious about inequality in North America?
“Collective Impact” by John Kania and Mark Kramer The authors point out that collective action to create change on a community level is a very tough challenge for non-profit organizations. Funders tend to choose one organization to fund for a particular task, and have difficulties dealing with multiple organizations. The competition process has each organization … More Stanford Social Innovation Review Commentary on barriers to targeted collective action among non-profits
Even if the Occupy movements and protests have faded from the media and public attention, concerns about increased inequality of wealth and income have remained a public preoccupation in many countries. On Dec. 4, 2013, President Obama addressed the issue in what reads as a classic articulation of challenges to social policy in a global, … More Does Inequality Signal the Failure of the Welfare State?