Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/103956
Authors: 
Allmendinger, Jutta
von den Driesch, Ellen
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper P 2014-005
Abstract: 
This discussion paper describes the extent of social inequalities both within and between the countries of the European Union. In the first three chapters we address the micro level of individual life courses: education, employment and income. The following chapters analyse the societal consequences of inequalities. Chapter 4 looks at the unequal distribution of financial resources, while chapter 5 addresses the social and political outcomes of financial inequalities. In sum, there is mounting scientific evidence that various forms of educational, employment and financial inequalities increase over time. Moreover, societal exclusion is likely to lead to forms of political exclusion that is, a depoliticisation of socially excluded groups or to various forms of political extremism. This is an alarming sign for the future of European democracies and is in glaring contradiction to the democratic political values of equality enshrined in the Treaties.
Subjects: 
Europe
Social inequalities
Income
Education
Employment
Returns to Education
JEL: 
D31
I24
I26
I30
J21
J31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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