Forum: Increasing inequality – Causes, consequences and responses

Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Wellington, 18 July 2013

There has been much debate, both internationally and here in New Zealand, over why income inequality has increased across much of the developed world during the past few decades, whether it matters and what, if anything, should be done about it. This is an opportunity to reflect on the latest research and policy debates. Three main issues will be under the spotlight: the causes and consequences of the rise of income inequality in most OECD countries since the 1980s; how some of the negative social impacts of inequality might be mitigated; and the options for reducing income inequality.


  • Dr Michael Forster (OECD)
  • Professor Robert Wade (London School of Economics)
  • Dr Cathy Wylie (New Zealand Council for Educational Research)
  • Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman (University of Otago)
  • Dr Tracey McIntosh (University of Auckland)
  • Professor Paul Dalziel (Lincoln University)
  • Dr Geoff Bertram (Senior Associate, IPGS)

Speaker bios (PDF)
Programme (PDF)
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