Tag: inequality

Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis

Feature: Inequality a New Zealand crisis August 2013 It’s arrived at last! This much awaited New Zealand book was officially launched at the National Library on Thursday 27 June with much fanfare, enthusiasm and goodwill. It tells the story of rising income inequality in New Zealand, ‘where the gap between high and low incomes has

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Skills mismatch creates income gap

Feature: Inequality a New Zealand crisis Cecily McNeill August 2013 A skills mismatch is contributing significantly to New Zealand’s inequality crisis, says Lincoln University professor of economics Paul Dalziel. To reduce inequality the country needs to invest in developing skills that respond to the needs of a substantially changed work environment. Workers trapped in low-wage

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Only the rich are getting richer

Feature: Inequality a New Zealand crisis Cecily McNeill August 2013 Wealth has continued to be concentrated in the top one percent of incomes in Anglo-American countries despite the recession of 2007, says London School of Economics professor of political economy Robert Wade. In the previous 30 years the top one percent of Americans ‘gained 57

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Benefit cuts ‘make no sense’

Feature: Inequality a New Zealand crisis Cecily McNeill August 2013 Associate professor at the University of Auckland, Mike O’Brien, says welfare cuts that took effect last month make no sense. Quoting economist Susan St John, he says ‘A sole parent can earn up to $100 a week before income is reduced, and after that the

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