Inequality grew moreover the three years between 2007 and 2010 than it did over the 12years before that.
A majority of the countries experiencing the harshest rise of
inequality were in Europe, where tough EU austerity policies took
hold. Italy and Spain were hit worst. However, a 5 per cent
decrease was seen annually in Iceland, Ireland, Estonia and
impoverished Greece – which still remains on the verge of economic
“Households with children were hit hard during the crisis.
Since 2007, child poverty increased in 16 OECD countries, with
increases exceeding 2 points in Turkey, Spain, Belgium, Slovenia
What makes the news grimmer is that cash injections into the
world’s financial elite, via banks and markets, as well as Wall
Street, essentially only helped the uppermost 10 per cent multiply
their wealth. In the years since 2007, their financial portfolios
are said to have grown by a large margin.
But OECD’s data also explains that the economic crisis could not
have been the sole factor in the widening gap between segments of
society and in their redistribution of wealth. There has been a
process that has been exploiting these economic conditions since
2008, via the bankrupting and impoverishment taking place in the
developed world, most likely for the purpose of competing with the
developing world’s working classes and their cheap labor.
is a widening base of severely underpaid working class workers
across the entire world.
But they don’t get nearly the kind of
social, economic or healthcare benefits the upper layers of society
In the end, it will not get better – the report says. The only
reason that 2010 seemed like the worst year is because the growth
of the conditions of inequality was somewhat halted by many social
state provisions, mostly across Europe.
Without them, the report
says the real trouble we are in would be more evident, and so would
its growth in the years to come. What we are seeing now is only the