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Since 2015 we address key questions of social, economic and ecological inequalities and the resulting issues for the society, politics, the environment and every single human being. Due to the increase of inequalities in the course of time it is from our perspective of utmost importance to look into these topics from various angles.

The research institute "Economics of Inequality" serves as a platform for interdisciplinary research on these inequalities and for discussions with students, other researchers and the public. In the course of our research we question reasons for the existance of inequalities as well as their effects. To offer profound results of our research, it is a major concern for us to develop concrete approaches for measuring inequalities. Furthermore, our research results should not only point out already existing inequalities, but rather provide a scientific foundation for the development of measures and actions to reduce present social and economic inequalities.

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Deckblatt des Sozialberichts 2024

Poverty-proof welfare state of the future

by Karin Heitzmann and Jeremias Staudinger

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Ertl, Michael (2024):

#30: From Inheritances to Wealth: A Mortality Multiplier Approach for Austria

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2023|05: Inflation in Österreich

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"Da Vermögensbildung zentral über Erbschaften und Schenkungen erfolgt, werden diese Vermögensungleichheiten ständig perpetuiert. Vermögen ermöglicht jedoch nicht nur einen besseren Zugang zu Bildung und Gesundheit, sondern bewirkt über familiäre Netzwerke auch Zugang zu weiteren wichtigen Schaltstellen der individuellen Karriere. [...] Die Chancenungleichheit in unserer Gesellschaft wird de facto durch den 'Zufall der Geburt' bestimmt."

Wilfried Altzinger on the idea of a "basic inheritance" for 18-year-olds in Austria (Der Standard, 06.04.2023)

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Event: Social Report 2024 - Poverty & Wealth

On June 17, 2024 INEQ organises an event at WU to present and discuss the Social Report 2024 on the topic of "Poverty & Wealth". Click here for more information!

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Panel discussion: Understanding and changing poverty as a systemic problem

On 24 April 2024, INEQ is co-organising a panel discussion at WU on the topic of "Understanding and changing poverty as a systemic problem". Click here for more information!

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From Inheritances to Wealth: A Mortality Multiplier Approach for Austria (Michael Ertl)

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