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Major economic challenges: Inequality

You can download Richard Blundell's slides here.

In early 2020, Emmanuel Macron established a commission of renowned international experts to analyse the major economic challenges facing France and other similar economies. The commission recently published their report, "The Major Future Economic Challenges", outlining key recommendations that would allow countries to respond more effectively to these challenges. The chairs of the commission, Professors Jean Tirole and Olivier Blanchard, presented the commission's report at an IFS event in July.

At this event, we will focus in more detail on one of the long term structural economic challenges identified by the report: inequality and economic insecurity.

"Inequality has many dimensions. A major one is the degree of access to good jobs and satisfying working lives. More equal access means more equal education and more equal financial resources."

-The Major Future Economic Challenges

The authors of the inequality chapter of the report, Stefanie Stantcheva, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, will present their findings from the report, including how to improve equality of opportunity, increase the fairness of taxation, better prepare people for good jobs, and stimulate the creation of good jobs in the first place. They will then be joined by Richard Blundell, a member of the Commission, to answer your questions.

This is the first in a series of events looking at the three major economic challenges identified by the Tirole-Blanchard Commission. The other two events will focus on climate change and ageing.