Why did income inequality increase and what are political and economic consequences?

Income inequality went up considerably in most rich countries. How can we explain this rise and what are possible consequences? Stefan Thewissen will defend his thesis on the 29th of September 2015.

President Obama calls it the “defining challenge of our time”. Head of IMF Lagarde says it casts “a dark shadow … across the global economy”. The benefits of economic growth over the past few decades have not been shared equally among households in developed countries. How can we explain this rise in income inequality and what are possible consequences? 


My dissertation addresses determinants and political and economic consequences of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries. I will defend my dissertation called “ Growing apart: The comparative political economy of income inequality and social policy development in affluent countries " on the 29th of September 2015 at the Academiegebouw of Leiden University.

About the author

Stefan Thewissen (1987) was up to and including 2014 a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics of Leiden University. Currently he is postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and Nuffield College, University of Oxford. 

Last Modified: 25-09-2015