Budapest Conference

GINI Mid-Term Conference, Budapest, March 23-24, 2012


GINI project has held its Mid-term Conference in Budapest in March, 2012. The conference was hosted by the Hungarian team from TARKI. Some 80 people attended the two-day meeting. The full programme of the two-day conference can be found here.


The local organizer, István Tóth, director of Tárki, opened the conference emphasizing the importance of studying income inequality as we can witness it growing in many countries. The first keynote speech was given by the social epidemiologist and member of the GINI Advisory Board, Richard Wilkinson. He is one of the most important drivers of the public debate on inequalities. Moreover, as pointed out by Wiemer Salverda, coordinator of GINI, the work of Richard Wilkinson has motivated the EU Commission to put the impacts of inequalities on the research agenda. Wilkinson focused on the issue of health and social effects of wider income inequality [link to presentation].


The second keynote speech was given by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, László Andor. He talked about the EU’s overarching policy project Towards a more inclusive Europe by 2020 [link to presentation]. Thereby the Commissioner emphasized that the GINI project has an important policy dimension. The OECD’s Michael Förster  gave a keynote speech on Divided We Stand - the new OECD report on growing inequality in OECD countries [ link to presentation].

Next to the keynote lectures four draft Work Package reports of GINI were presented. Herman Werfhorst and István Tóth presented their work package on Political and Cultural Impacts. They focused on the role of theory when making causal claims. Further, the current state of the three other work packages was introduced. In their presentation about Drivers of Educational and Income Inequality, Daniele Checchi, Virginia Maestri and Francesco Bogliacino stressed inequality drivers beyond those addressed by the OECD. The focus of Brian Nolan and Abigail McKnight’s presentation about Social Impacts of Inequalities was on the relationship of income inequality, poverty and deprivation. In his work package presentation dealing with Policy Effects and Implications of Inequality, Ive Marx stressed in particular the link between employment, social policies and income inequalities. The four presentations were discussed by Giacomo Corneo, Haya Stier, Jonas Pontusson and John Hills, respectively.Budapest_group

The second day of the meeting focused on the Country reports. It started with a keynote speech entitled the Methodological Aspects of Comparative Country Case Study Projects by Andrea Brandolini. This was followed by six Country report presentations, from The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, and Hungary. The country teams that will address 24 more countries discussed the general setup of the country reports. These shall provide a coherent overview of inequality in a particular country with links to its main drivers, changes during the last decades and impacts for society, culture and political sphere. One important point addressed was that the country report shall focus clearly on the social gradients of outcomes.


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