Canadian Inequality: Recent Developments and Policy Options Kevin Milligan ~ Vancouver School of Economics ~ University of British Columbia

Canadian Inequality: Recent Developments and Policy Options

with Nicole Fortin, David Green, Thomas Lemieux and Craig Riddell.
Canadian Public Policy, Vol. 38, No. 2 (June 2012).
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Considerable concern has recently been expressed about growing income inequality. Much of the discussion, though, has been in general terms and focused on the U.S. experience. To understand whether and how Canada ought to respond to this development, we need to be clear on the facts. This paper documents Canadian patterns in income inequality and investigates the top 1% of earners---the group receiving much attention. We summarize what is known about the causes of growing income inequality, including the role of gender wage differences. Finally we outline policy options for reducing -- or slowing the growth of -- inequality.


Published version, June 2012: DOI.

CLSRN Working Paper No. 100, May, 2012: PDF.

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