Wednesday 17 January 2018

Dan O'Brien: We accept inequality, but we demand fair treatment

Wealth is spread more evenly in Ireland than the European average - but that means little if people feel they are unfairly treated, writes Dan O'Brien

'Although there is still a long way to go, income inequality among the planet’s seven billion-plus people is moving in the right direction.' File photo: PA
'Although there is still a long way to go, income inequality among the planet’s seven billion-plus people is moving in the right direction.' File photo: PA
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

How the fruits of economic growth are shared is always a hot topic. In recent years it has become even hotter: in Ireland, in the western world, and globally.

The good news from the biggest-picture perspective is that the world is becoming more equal. As many poorer countries' economies have grown more quickly than richer ones, the global prosperity gap is narrowing.

Although there is still a long way to go, income inequality among the planet's seven billion-plus people is moving in the right direction.

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