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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 der Studie "Wirkung der Wiener Mindestsicherung auf Bezieher:innen"
Effects of the Viennese social assistance benefits on recipients

by Evelyn Dawid and Karin Heitzmann

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Derndorfer, Judith (2023):

#28: The Anxious Middle Class: Risk of Downward Mobility and Support for Radical Right Parties across Western Europe

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2023|01: Highbrow Heritage

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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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Job: Project staff member (pre doc)

INEQ is hiring a project staff member (pre doc) starting January 1st 2024 and for the duration of 6 years. Application is possible until September 20th. Please click here to find more information.

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WWTF Grant for Franziska Disslbacher

Franziska Disslbacher was awarded a grant for her project "MOBILITY-PATH: Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility and Pathways to Upward Mobility in Austria" from the Vienna Science and Technology…

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