Income inequality has been at the forefront of public debate in Canada for quite some time and, according to recent evidence, it continues to rise. Yet there remains much to be learned about the rapidly changing labour market and earnings dynamics underlying this trend, as well as how these might evolve. To determine which policy approaches would be most effective in counteracting growing inequality while promoting economic growth, we need to better understand the forces at play.
This conference was held as part of an ongoing joint research initiative by the IRPP and the CLSRN to provide evidence on the causes and effects of growing income inequality in Canada, assess past and present policies and propose directions for the future. It brought together leading researchers in the field with policy-makers and other stakeholders to inform and contribute to the debate.
As part of its Art of the State series, the studies will ultimately be compiled in an edited volume entitled Inequality in Canada : Driving Forces, Outcomes and Policy, which will include a synthesis report by the book’s editors, France St-Hilaire, David Green, W.Craig Riddell.