Milan Conference

GINI's Year 1 Conference took place in Milan (February 4-5, 2011). See Conference Programme here.

Method and Measurement Workshop in Amsterdam

GINI's Method and Measurement Workshop in Amsterdam (October 22-23), 2010 for Work Package 3 INEQ Inequalities Analysis Group. Download Workshop Programme.

Kick-off Conference in London

A special Opening conference "Changing Inequalities: How Do They Affect Societies?" kicked off the activities of the GINI project. The international, three-year research project will focus on the societal impacts of growing inequalities in many countries. Some 70 people, including most of the scholars involved in the project, attended the two-day meeting which was hosted by GINI's British partner, the London School of Economics, on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March 2010. To see the full programme click here and to view the pictures of the conference click here here.

GINI Coordinator Wiemer Salverda receives
European Commissioner László Andor
Commissioner Andor spoke about poverty in the perspective of the Europe 2020 Agenda. He announced as a headline target of the Agenda a reduction of the number of people at risk of poverty across the European Union, currently 80 million, by 20 million. His contribution can be found here.
Leading academics from Europe, North America and the OECD covered the relevance of inequalities over an impressive interdisciplinary range of topics such as health, the economy, political attitudes, European integration, and policy making. The six lectures built on the state-of-the-art knowledge to discuss the challenges for future research, stirring lively debate with the audience.
Sir Tony Atkinson, an essential
contributor to the analysis of
inequality since the 1960s and
the mentor of many scholars
involved in GINI
Professor Atkinson (Economist at Nuffield College Oxford and LSE) put income inequalities in a long-term and internationally comparative perspective. He strongly advocated bringing the components of inequality together in the analysis and suggested a way for modelling this. His contribution can be accessed here.
Professor Marmot is one of the world's most authoritative scholars of the social gradient in health. He chaired the major British government review of health inequalities aimed at an improved strategy for the near future. At the conference he presented the review's very recently published results of Fair Society, Healthy Lives. His contribution is available here.
Other stimulating contributions on political values, European integration, policy in relation to inequality and on the interest of inequality to policy were made, on Friday, by Professors Giuseppe Bertola (Turin), Robert Anderson (Toronto), and Lane Kenworthy (Arizona), and OECD Senior Policy Analyst Michael Förster.
Sir Michael Marmot (University
College London), chair of the
WHO's Commission on Social
Determinants of Health and
winner of the American
William B Graham Prize

On Saturday the focus was the possible effects of the current crisis on inequalities. Professor John Hills (LSE), OECD senior economist Herwig Immervoll, and Director of TÄRKI (Budapest) István György Tóth covered the grounds for the UK, Germany and the European Union.
In a Method & Measurement session and four Theme sessions on Inequality Analysis, Social Impacts, Political and Cultural Impacts, and Policy, the members of the project discussed the nature and timing of the joint research that they will be undertaking in GINI.
Photos by Mick Testa.

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