Rising income inequality has been at the forefront of public debate in Canada in recent years, and it is now among the top priorities of our new government. In February 2016 the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) launched Income Inequality:The Canadian Story, volume V in the series The Art of the State. The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada was the guest of honour.
This book is the result of a two-year collaboration between the IRPP and the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLRSN). Twenty-seven of Canada’s leading experts in the field were gathered to examine income inequality trends in Canada, the factors contributing to its marked increase since the early 1980s, as well as the role of policy. Their research and analysis will inform the public discourse on this issue of central concern for all Canadians for years to come.
“This book provides a thorough analysis of inequality trends in Canada, including the underlying patterns and policy responses. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the disturbing trends in inequality in Canada — and, indeed, around the world — as well as what might be done about it.”
— JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Nobel Laureate, Columbia University