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Mohamed El-Erian - Pimco
This is no longer a Trump trade. This is somewhere between a reflation trade, but much more importantly a liquidity trade. This is a liquidity-driven market. I have underestimated the strength of the liquidity injections. Not just from the Fed, but I think the increase in [income] inequality has meant there's been less consumption and more investing in the market. And the profit share is so high that the companies are putting the money back into the marketplace.feedback
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NEW May 24 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Inequality. You'll find 200 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Inequality are: Jeremy Corbyn, Jeffrey Sachs and Barack Obama. Jeremy Corbyn specifically said: “I think the issue will get out there more and more, people will begin to understand that we don't have to go through these levels of austerity in Britain, we don't have to have these levels of inequality in Britain. Why don't you ask me questions about policy, why are you only asking questions about polling and me? I can't give you a mistake this morning. There are too many.”.
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Ali Mokdad - Hezbollah

These findings demonstrate an urgent imperative, that policy changes at all levels are gravely needed to reduce inequality in the health of Americans. Federal, state, and local health departments need to invest in programs that work and engage their communities in disease prevention and health promotion.feedback

Larissa Waters

I'll be having a few more weeks off but will soon be back in parliament with this little one in tow. She is even more inspiration for continuing our work to address gender inequality and stem dangerous climate change. (And yes, if she's hungry, she will be breastfed in the Senate chamber). We need more women and parents in Parliament. And we need more family-friendly and flexible workplaces, and affordable childcare, for everyone.feedback

Benjamin Barber

It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming. Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality affects everyday life for billions around the globe. But climate is paramount, because in sustainability human survival itself is at stake. Why then have the nations governing the planet been so hopelessly ineffective in addressing the grave environmental crisis?feedback

Ian Jack

When inequality peaked in the past, the people resented the super-rich. Today they vote for them. The world has no grander seaside houses than those of Newport, Rhode Island, where the money made in America’s Gilded Age was spent on all kinds of unnecessary architecture.feedback

Beth Corzo-Duchardt

The fact that a high degree of self-direction may be required in the new work force means that existing structures of inequality will be replicated in the future.feedback

Nigel Wilson - Legal & General Group

The intergenerational inequality that creates the demand for BoMaD [Bank of Mum and Dad] funding continues to widen – younger people today don't have the same opportunities that the baby-boomers had, including affordable housing, defined benefit pensions and free university education. Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market.feedback

Nigel Wilson - Legal & General Group

The Bank of Mum and Dad continues to grow in importance in helping young people take their early steps onto the housing ladder. The intergenerational inequality that creates the demand for BoMaD funding continues to widen – younger people today don't have the same opportunities that the baby-boomers had, including affordable housing, defined benefit pensions and free university education. Parents want to help their kids get on in life, and the Bank of Mum and Dad is a testament to their generosity, but it is also a symptom of our broken housing market.feedback

Carsten Brzeski - ING-DiBa

Before getting too enthusiastic, not all is well in the euro zone. Despite the cyclical upswing, unemployment rates in many countries remain far too high to reduce social inequality, government debt ratios have hardly come down in most countries, and further and necessary works on the structure of the monetary union have been put on hold.feedback

Daniel Mahoney

This reflects the government's excellent record on achieving record levels of employment in the economy. Levels of net dependency are, however, still too high and remain well above historic levels. This highlights the importance of continuing the government's reforms to promote greater employment, including the need to set the conditions for strong economic growth and to further reduce the marginal tax rates faced by the lowest paid.feedback

Ben Bernanke - Federal Reserve System

Clearly there is very substantial stress among a large part of the population. Some of it is cultural-social, and I'm not really an expert on those things. Some of it is economic inequality, disruption from trade and technology, slow productivity growth, which means slow wage growth. We might have lower tax rates, maybe balanced to some extent by closing some loopholes, that would be a better policy. I don't think it's going create a productivity miracle or anything like that, but it would be more efficient. It would probably improve investment a little bit.feedback

Guilhem Fouetillou - Linkfluence

The mechanics of 'virality' on Facebook allows a form of inequality between different media.feedback

Ian Jack

The homes passed on from this fortunate generation to the next will determine who is rich and who is poor in years to come. What did our grandparents leave us? That will depend on who they were and what they possessed, but in my case, not untypical of my generation, it wasn’t very much.feedback

Paul Christopher

It's that unknown and then the very important fact that there's populism. We wanted to close our eyes and pretend it's going to go away. For it to continue from Brexit, to the U.S. and back to France again, it's a sign that Western democracies have a big problem – inequality in income and noninclusive economic growth. You have to sort out the uncertainty. If one of the extremists is going to be president, what is the national assembly going to be like?feedback

Carolyn Wilkins - Bank of Canada

Trade is a great driver of productivity, and so the risk of growing protectionism concerns me. Disrupting supply chains and reducing incentives to compete will not create more jobs and incomes in the long run. It's really, from our read, the combination of those costs and uncertainties outside of financing that are holding some businesses back right now and clearly the uncertainty that surrounds the trade policies of the new administration in the U.S. haven't made that any easier. Worsening income inequality can lead to weaker macroeconomic outcomes and financial instability.feedback

Tommy Stadlen - Polaroid Corporation

You are seeing a backlash against tech from privacy, extremist content, gender inequality, tech needs to do something to regain trust and define our contribution to society a lot more clearly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the issue will get out there more and more, people will begin to understand that we don't have to go through these levels of austerity in Britain, we don't have to have these levels of inequality in Britain. Why don't you ask me questions about policy, why are you only asking questions about polling and me? I can't give you a mistake this morning. There are too many.feedback

Josh Hardie

We are leaving EU and redefining our place in world at a time of incredible pace of change and innovation, and all of those have a real impact on real people and communities. If we have seen anything in past year it is that the level of inequality and unfairness across regions is growing and that has consequences - the important thing at the moment is that when we are developing the industrial strategy, the end goal isn't just productivity, it is the impact on people on the ground in communities.feedback

Inti Gomez

I work a lot and I'm badly paid. What's really hard is this inequality that I'm forced to submit to. Change is possible. I'm just taking advantage of this collective joy.feedback

Jim Chalmers - Chalmers

We can attack the worst consequences of technological change without denying ourselves the broader benefits of that change.feedback

Jim Chalmers - Chalmers

It's quite an endearing thing. There's a real intergenerational concern for what young people going into the workforce now won't have access to that people had access to in years gone by. You see it in housing as well, which is why this housing debate's so turbo-charged at the moment.feedback

Jesús Santos

It's outrageous that a school that receives public funds should separate the sexes in such a senseless way. It is not right that centres continue to educate boys and girls according to sexist roles of segregation and inequality.feedback

Eileen Naughton - Google

So we were quite surprised when a representative of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor (OFCCP) accused us of not compensating women fairly. We were taken aback by this assertion, which came without any supporting data or methodology. Our pay equity model … looks at employees in the same job categories, and analyzes their compensation to confirm that the adjusted amount shows no statistically significant differences between men's and women's compensation.feedback

Heidi Hautala

Inflating aid figures with in-donor refugee costs does not help the least developed countries to tackle poverty and inequality. The EU and its member states must keep their promises to both tackle poverty and assist refugees, and should not be trading one off against the other.feedback

George Monbiot

Instead of growth at all costs, a new economic model allows us to thrive while saving the planet. So what are we going to do about it? This is the only question worth asking. But the answers appear elusive. Faced with a multifaceted crisis – the capture of governments by billionaires and their lobbyists, extreme inequality, the rise of demagogues, above all the collapse of the living world – those to whom we look for leadership appear stunned, voiceless, clueless. Even if they had the courage to act, they have no idea what to do.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Low pay blights the lives of huge and growing numbers in our country and fuels widening inequality. The government's re-branding of the minimum wage to the national living wage hasn't dealt with the real problems of low pay and rising cost of living. That's why Labour will raise the legal minimum wage for all to at least £10 an hour by 2020, giving more than five and a half million people a pay rise in the process. Labour's real living wage will immediately boost the incomes and opportunities of more than 20 per cent of the workforce, especially in sectors such as retail, care and hospitality.feedback

Torsten Bell

The living standards outlook is bleak and risks giving us the inequality rises of the 1980s, without the feelgood factor of rising incomes. But it can and should change. After all, Theresa May knows her record will be judged as much on the Britain she builds as the Brexit she delivers.feedback

Jared Bernstein

Job growth slowed in March, but that may well just be statistical noise. Nevertheless, wage inequality is again on the rise.feedback

Neera Tanden

It's a false choice to say we have to decide between economic issues and civil rights. They're all part of the larger problem of inequality that we should be fighting against. There's no easy answers, and we're still at the very beginning of the ideas process.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Another decade of weak productivity growth would seriously undermine the rise in global living standards. Slower growth could also jeopardise the financial and social stability of some countries by making it more difficult to reduce excessive inequality and sustain private debt and public obligations. We estimate that, if total factor productivity growth had followed its pre-crisis trend, overall GDP in advanced economies would be about five per cent higher today. That would be the equivalent of adding another Japan -- and more -- to the global economy.feedback

Bernie Sanders

We need to elect progressives at every level of government if we are going to beat back the dangerous agenda of the Trump Administration and its Republican allies. Tom is committed to fighting the rigged economy and income inequality. He was the first major statewide candidate in Virginia to run on a $15 minimum wage and the first to say two years of community college should be tuition-free.feedback

Marc Benioff - Salesforce.com

When we do future acquisitions, I will ask the question, have we looked at the pay gap for the company?' . I've never had to do that before. Honestly, in some ways it's shocking. In other ways, it's kind of like, gee, why didn't we think of that?' . If we don't fight for equality, then the forces of inequality will take us over. It may just be that every year we're going to be making an adjustment like this. We're not a static company.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

Education and training are the key policy actions to raise both productivity growth and reduce inequality.feedback

Torsten Bell

Following the Budget the rights and wrongs of a relatively small National Insurance change for the self-employed have dominated the headlines. But the real tax and benefit debate is about much bigger policy changes being rolled out this week and in the coming years. These amount to unwise giveaways to richer households and unjustifiable takeaways from less well-off families. The result is higher inequality and a decision to squeeze living standards for low and middle income families at a time when rising prices are already outstripping wage growth.feedback

Rosie Ferguson

Yet the solution to this has to be actions that address the specific, concrete drivers of inequality, rather than the inflammatory stigmatising of those involved.feedback

Ron Frye

He's stirred up so much animosity that unless you came over on the Mayflower you cannot be sure you're not going to get targeted by him. To have fought for freedom, equality, democracy – all these things held so dear – and then to have somebody being elected who seems to support the exact opposite of that – hatred, inequality, the segregation … It's as if we're taking a step back to the 1950s.feedback

Pablo Ospina

Excessive wealth in a country marked by inequality and huge poverty isn't a very good business card.feedback

Richard Feinberg

There are three reasons for the pause in the reforms – and I say pause, because inevitably reforms will continue at some point. Senior leadership is focused on managing austerity and preparing the succession as Raúl steps down . . . They are also managing a backlash over emerging inequality, low state wages and inflation.feedback

Alan Milburn

Owning a home is becoming a distant dream for millions of young people on low incomes who do not have the luxury of relying on the bank of Mum and Dad to give them a foot up on the housing ladder. The way the housing market is operating is exacerbating inequality and impeding social mobility. It is welcome that the Government recognises the growing problem people face in getting on the housing ladder. A major national effort is needed to expand opportunities for home ownership and will require more radical action on housing supply.feedback

John Healey

This is further evidence of an inequality of wealth and opportunity for home ownership in this country and it's part of seven years of failure on housing under Conservative ministers. The government has got to do more to help young first-time buyers who don't have the bank of mum and dad behind them. They could start by making sure help to buy is better targeted. It's indefensible that help to buy is helping almost 25,000 people who are not first-time buyers.feedback

Andrew Stern

To ignore the possibility and not plan [for automation] would be a huge mistake. Studies all say there will be a massive disruption in jobs.feedback

Jason Furman - Council of Economic Advisers

Education is the closest thing to a 'magic bullet'. While the world is a messy place, it makes sense to give more to people who need support more.feedback

Andrew Stern

Despite job growth, the November election is a shocking warning that the economy is off to a bad start, and many people are stuck in minimum wage jobs.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Last week the prime minister twice accused me of wanting to bankrupt Britain by borrowing money to fund investment. But as every businessperson knows, there is a world of difference between borrowing for capital spending and borrowing to fund the payroll and day-to-day trading or service delivery. It's quite simple – united we stand divided we fall. And united I believe this great party can do things together to achieve for the people that need Labour councils and, above all, need a Labour government and a society based on social justice and equality, not greed and inequality.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

This is pretty exciting for us, yesterday our anniversary, today a victory for the Affordable Care Act more importantly, for the American people. Tomorrow is the fifty first anniversary of Rev Martin Luther King Jnr saying in a speech…that of all of the forms of inequality, inequality in healthcare is probably the most inhumane.feedback

Lisa Phillips

The first step in addressing inequality is acknowledging it. Hard data makes it plain and clear.feedback

Faiza Shaheen

The white working class and the minority-ethnic working class aren’t enemies: they are companions in a fight against economic inequality. The Brexit vote has not only exposed deep socioeconomic fractures in British society – it has also invented new ones. Identity politics has taken hold as never before.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government. They are all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

They are all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the health care rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

We're becoming more and more mean spirited. And our government is becoming more and more corrupt. And inequality is rising. It's a long-term trend and conditions are getting worse.feedback

Robert Silverman

It seems like any program that emerged in the last 40 or 50 years to address environmental issues, education inequality, affordable housing, or fair housing, all seem to very low priority.feedback

Sahar Fetrat

On every international women's day, I keep thinking more of how suppressed we are within this patriarchal society. The symbolic celebrations, flowers, gifts and some words of empathy and sympathy are always given to women every 8th of March while on the same day, sexism, inequality, harassment and violence against women screams from all the streets and corners of this country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

One day we'll get into media discussions and debates which are about inequality and injustice in society – as you've kindly allowed me to do this morning – rather than political process, which absorbs itself into the mindset of a media world rather than world of poverty and injustice in our society.feedback

Brynhildur Heiðar

This legislation, if it is comes before the parliament and passes into law, will be a logical next step in our efforts in Iceland to combat gender inequality and the gender pay gap.feedback

Leslie McCall

People are focusing too much on the white, male working class, but if you look at the working class more broadly, the issues are quite similar across all groups: wages, economic security, employment support, training.feedback

Patricia A. Roos

More privileged men can resist entry into predominantly female occupations more readily than their less privileged counterparts.feedback

Cassady Findlay

We provide all this value and keep the system going and receive unequal benefits from it.feedback

Hilal Elver - United Nations

It is a myth. Using more pesticides is nothing to do with getting rid of hunger. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), we are able to feed 9 billion people today. Production is definitely increasing, but the problem is poverty, inequality and distribution. The power of the corporations over governments and over the scientific community is extremely important. If you want to deal with pesticides, you have to deal with the companies – that is why [we use] these harsh words. They will say, of course, it is not true, but also out there is the testimony of the people.feedback

Monica Karpinski

Without the safety nets of larger companies, everyone here has the freedom to shape their role as they see fit. So, as a woman, there are fewer obstacles to overcome, the glass ceiling seems much lower than in larger companies, and there's more of a chance for employees to confront and address issues such as the gender pay gap.feedback

Alec Mills

Throughout our funding journey, we constantly faced rows of men, some refusing to see us because my co-founder has children that 'would distract her mentally' from growing the business. The only time that we were able to pitch to women was through a specialist female-centric investment network.feedback

Sophie Gibson

People bought into both of us. They knew that we both had integrity and would do our best to ensure that everyone we worked with would be valued for their contribution, not because of their gender. Our success demonstrates that this balanced model can work.feedback

Amy Shaw

Here, everyone is more likely to be visible and integral to the business, and your boss is more likely to know you better.feedback

Polly Buckland

We offer flexibility to all and in return, we have an engaged team that wants to work for the business. There's no glass ceiling; we're making our own rules and growing both our business and our families.feedback

Sarah Andresen

Small businesses must enable equality by treating men and women equally in all aspects. For example, parental leave policies should be gender neutral.feedback

Pedro Paulo Zahluth Bastos

The system is engineered to perpetuate inequality, and Temer is doubling down on bets that Brazil needs Greek-style austerity.feedback

Richard Weikart

Hitler's great crime was to launch an expansionist war and kill millions of people in the name of human biological inequality. This issue doesn't really rise to that level, does it?feedback

Ryan Murphy

Treating inequality and sexism as a horror movie – that's what I tried to do. Susan and Jessica gave Bette and Joan the happy ending that they should have had. They realized that the way to win was to win together.feedback

Sandra Kerr

As this review clearly shows, harnessing the very best of BME talent is the only way forward that makes sense for employers.feedback

Ruby McGregor-Smith

The time for talk on race in the workplace is over, it's time to act. No-one should feel unable to reach the top of any organization because of their race.feedback

Guy Standing

But I think the sort of people I am meeting in the industry are more worried about the grotesque inequality and political backlash against that.feedback

Seth A. Klarman

The Trump tax cuts could drive government deficits considerably higher. The large 2001 Bush tax cuts, for example, fueled income inequality while triggering huge federal budget deficits. Rising interest rates alone would balloon the federal deficit, because interest payments on the massive outstanding government debt would skyrocket from today's artificially low levels.feedback

Pali Lehohla

We see inequality between population groups but also within population groups.feedback

Bill Greenlee

It's reasonable to think if you take this question out of the equation it could help lessen wage inequality, and it's worth a chance. We're trying to ensure fairness.feedback

Christine Lagarde - International Monetary Fund

That is a result of more wealth accumulating at the top and people moving down. With lower growth, more inequality, and much more transparency, I think you have good ingredients for what is now identified as a crisis of the middle class in the advanced economies.feedback

David Woo - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

He said we have to address the consequences that globalization has [brought with regard to] inequality. That shows he understands the political constraints Trump is facing.feedback

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

There is no question but there is a lot of anxiety both in the United States and around the world, and I think it is coming from multiple sources. The rate of technological change is the fastest in history. Globalization on top of that has created challenges through competition.feedback

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

But the answer has to be, how do we grow more and how do we make sure that we are distributing the benefits of growth better? We have done a lot in the last eight years on both scores.feedback

Sergio Ermotti

We are happy to see that post-elections (in the U.S), we see both people that supported (President-elect Donald) Trump and people that were supporting (Hillary) Clinton becoming more positive about the economic outlook and being willing to consider investments going forward. Now, we need to see them translating that desire into reality.feedback

Sergio Ermotti

But it is starting to affect savings, most pension fund systems, insurance companies and the confidence of people who have been saving money thinking that they can leave a little bit out of their income to continue to prosper. It is creating this sense of inequality that goes on in Europe.feedback

Sergio Ermotti

I think if the collateral damage of low (interest) rates or negative rates would only affect banks, it would be okay.feedback

Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam Intermón

It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than US$2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty; it is fracturing our societies and undermining democracy.feedback

Richard Edelman - Edelman

The implications of the global trust crisis are deep and wide-ranging. It began with the Great Recession of 2008, but like the second and third waves of a tsunami, globalization and technological change have further weakened people's trust in global institutions. The consequence is virulent populism and nationalism as the mass population has taken control away from the elites.feedback

Mark Goldring

Extreme inequality isn't inevitable - with the right policies, world leaders can rebalance our broken economies so they work for all of us and bring the end of poverty closer. We need a new common-sense approach that ensures a fair deal for workers and producers; requires those who can afford it to pay their fair share of tax; and ensures that women get a fair chance to realize their potential.feedback

Richard Edelman - Edelman

People now view media as part of the elite. The result is a proclivity for self-referential media and reliance on peers. The lack of trust in media has also given rise to the fake news phenomenon and politicians speaking directly to the masses. Media outlets must take a more local and social approach.feedback

Max Lawson - Oxfam Intermón

We have a situation where billionaires are paying less tax often than their cleaner or their secretary. That's crazy.feedback

Mario Gabelli - Viacom

The fact is the American banking system – and to call Goldman a bank, the investment banks and the commercial banks are two different worlds – they'll do quite well because the fundamentals are terrific. The underpinnings are great. And that's going to be utilized and growing and helping the American economy and helping income inequality and do a lot of very good things.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What we are also looking at is the inequality of the grotesque levels of difference between the average wages paid in our society and the sort of telephone-number salaries paid at the top end of it and we have growing levels of inequality on that. I think, certainly, the salaries that are paid to some footballers are simply ridiculous. I think some of the salaries paid to very high-earning top executives of companies are utterly ridiculous.feedback

Matt Whittaker - Resolution Foundation

With employment plateauing, productivity growth refusing to budge and inflation rising, the risk is that this mini boom won't continue.feedback

Jacob Zuma

We must give our people hope, we must unite against our common enemies, which are unemployment, poverty and inequality, and not against one another. The ANC has heard the message that the people delivered in August. We accept that we have made mistakes. When leaders and members of the ANC are corrupt and steal they are betraying the values of the ANC, the people and our country. We will not allow this.feedback

Barack Obama

And how we police our communities and the kinds of problems we ask our criminal justice system to solve can have a profound impact on the extent of trust in law enforcement and significant implications for public safety. In addition, we cannot deny the legacy of racism that continues to drive inequality in how the justice system is experienced by so many Americans.feedback

Edgar Pieterse

Johannesburg is emblematic of all South African cities where you see a confluence of very complicated forces. There is a distributional problem because you are dealing with extreme inequality. You can't get regeneration off the public balance sheet. You need private investment (and)institutions.feedback

Damian Hinds - Department for Work and Pensions

While at first glance a universal basic income might appear desirable, any practical implementation will invariably be unaffordable. Because it doesn't take into account individual needs properly, it will markedly increase inequality.feedback

Gabriel Zucman

The higher up you move in the income distribution, the lower the proportion of women. It shows that there is a fundamental form of inequality at the top related to gender.feedback

Terrance Wade

The single-father household is the fastest growing family form in Canada. Fathers are generally not perceived of societally as being the ones responsible for caregiving and raising children in a patriarchal society. Lone mothers generally have more financial stress due to pervasive systemic gendered income inequality, while lone fathers generally have more caregiving stresses.feedback

Gianni Pittella

But nowadays we must listen and give answers to the poorest among our citizens. Nowadays the big priorities are inequality, poverty, social exclusion and security.feedback

David Leonhardt

The rise of inequality has damaged the American dream more than the growth slowdown.feedback

Charlie Hales

It falls to cities to do creative, progressive policymaking, and this is exactly what this is. Income inequality is real, it is a national problem and the federal government isn't doing anything about it. We have a habit of trying things in Portland; maybe they're not perfect at the first iteration. But local action replicated around the country can start to make a difference.feedback

Sandra McDonough

We see it as an empty gesture. We think they'd be far better off trying to work with business leaders to create more jobs that will lift people up and improve incomes.feedback

Steve Novick

When I first read about the idea of applying a higher tax rate to companies with extreme ratios of C.E.O. pay to typical worker pay, I thought it was a fascinating idea. It was the closest thing I'd seen to a tax on inequality itself.feedback

Thomas Piketty

This is certainly part of the solution, but the tax surcharge needs to be large enough; the threshold '100 times' should be substantially lowered.feedback

Muhammad Yunus

If wealth comes to billions of people, this wealth will not come to the top one percent (of rich people), and it will not be easy to concentrate all the wealth in a few hands.feedback

Muhammad Yunus

People are not born to be job seekers – they are entrepreneurs by nature.feedback

Muhammad Yunus

This creates tension among people at the bottom (of the income ladder). They blame refugees and minorities – and unscrupulous politicians exploit this.feedback

Simon Ticehurst

Across the region, there's extreme concentration of land tenure and property and that's one reason why the region is so unequal. To address inequality, including economic inequality, you need to address land distribution.feedback

Sven-Christian Kindler

We now need measures against social inequality in this country, that's what we need now. It's good news that this will be the last federal budget of this grand coalition.feedback

Ana Gomes

Are we going to allow the inequality to grow in our countries, among our countries in the eurozone, and therefore feed the populist narrative which is politically so destructive for the union. I think Germany has a tremendous responsibility. We cannot continue with these policies of austerity that indeed stifle growth in the EU.feedback

Chris Dibben

Scout or Guide membership appears to almost completely remove the inequality in mental health (aged 50) associated with early life economic disadvantage. Given the difficulty governments around the world have in tackling health inequalities, we think any evidence of substantial impact is significant.feedback

Martin Ford

What we are seeing is that technology is driving inequality. A few people, very wealthy people, especially people who own lots of capital will do extraordinarily well because robots and technology are capital, right? A few people are going to own most of that. We are going to have to tax those people more.feedback

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook

As we are learning this year in election after election, even if globalization might grow the overall pie of prosperity, it also creates inequality. It helps some people and it hurts others.feedback

Richard L. Trumka - AFL-CIO

More than anything, this election is an indictment of politics as usual. For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas. Voters in both the primary and general election have delivered a clear message: enough.feedback

Dennis Williams

The results are in and the American people have spoken. As a nation, it is time for us to once again unite for the common good of our country. It's obvious there is work to be done. We have high hopes that elected officials heard the American people loud and clear about trade, jobs, education and the inequality in this country.feedback

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

I'm very proud of the work that we've done on financial reform. I only hope that the fact that we've been able to withstand shocks, like the referendum here in the U.K., doesn't make for a false sense of complacency.feedback

Jack Lew - U.S Treasury

In the week after the British referendum I spoke to the heads of almost every big financial institution just to get their assessment of the impact and I don't think any of them was sorry they had more capital.feedback

Mitt Romney

We (conservatives) know what it takes to actually raise wages – this is, as you know, people on the other side of the aisle have made that a centerpiece of their campaigns, which is the idea of income inequality and the lack of progress for middle income families. And it's something which, gosh, I kick myself as a Republican nominee for president not having done a better job communicating this.feedback

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala

This administration has stated that inequality is an issue … [and] it's important for the private sector to address the needs of all income groups and not just the group at the top, It would make me happy to remain a progressive element and a relevant element in our society.feedback

Chris Lehane - Airbnb

It's baffling to us in this time period of economic inequality that folks would be looking to impose fines as high as $7,500 on a middle class person looking to use the home that they live in to help make ends meet. Those who want to be on the right side of history really need to understand what's at stake here.feedback

Peter Thomson

Seventy-five percent of our cities have higher levels of income inequality today than in 1996, and 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and global waste, originate from cities.feedback

Ibon Uribe

Inequality among women is felt very differently. They have more restrictions to access the labor market, to pensions. To get more women elected we have to show the effects of such inequality and how inequality affects men and women differently.feedback

Ibon Uribe

Inequality among women is felt very differently. They have more restrictions to access the labour market, to pensions.feedback

Jonathan Bartley

Larry is committed to building a fairer Britain and tackling the entrenched inequality that has blighted our society for so long. With Larry as a candidate the people of Witney have a chance to vote for someone putting forward the bold policies we so desperately need to build a better Britain.feedback

Carolyn Miles - Save the Children

Part of the challenge in the U.S. is that we have such inequality gaps, and so I think the numbers are what the numbers are.feedback

Barack Obama

The results are clear: a more durable, growing economy; 15m new private-sector jobs since early 2010; rising wages, falling poverty, and the beginnings of a reversal in inequality; 20m more Americans with health insurance, while health-care costs grow at the slowest rate in 50 years; annual deficits cut by nearly three-quarters; and declining carbon emissions.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

It's remarkable that countries have continued to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity at a time when the global economy is underperforming – but still far too many people live with far too little.feedback

Dennis Lockhart

We are an economy dominated by consumption. The broader the prosperity the stronger the economy...This inequality question that has come to the fore, I think, has implications for economic growth, for global strength and the global role of our country.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

What we don't have is the attention span, the systems, the politics, to shift a modest amount of our annual output in the direction needed.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

Whether it is Brexit or the U.S. elections or war in Syria or the refugee crises, these are impediments to longer-term strategic thinking, planning and action that we desperately need.feedback

Jeffrey Sachs

When countries have their planning conferences, when they discuss budgets, it is important that the SDGs are part of that. This is really about changing the direction of global finance and global politics .. (as) the normal way in which the world is changing is not safe and we can choose deliberately and cooperatively a different course.feedback

Stacy L Smith

We're seeing entrenched inequality. Whether we're studying gender, race, ethnicity, LGBT or characters with disabilities, we're really seeing exclusionary forces leaving out anybody that's not a straight, white, able-bodied man. Despite all the chatter and all the activism and all the press attention, it's another year where the status quo has been maintained.feedback

Stacy L Smith

We've seen a lot of talk and little action. What we need now is for companies to take the same leadership position, be transparent in their inclusion goals and be accountable to representing the actual world we live in when it comes to the demography of the U.S.feedback

Stacy L Smith

When we really drill down in the numbers, we see a perpetuation of the same groups getting access to the most visible roles, whether that's in the director's chair or on screen, and that continues to be the problem plaguing Hollywood's hiring practices.feedback

Helen Szoke - Oxfam Intermón

Australia is the nation of the fair go, but Government policies that demonise the poor rather than tackling the urgent problem of rising inequality will only serve to erode this cherished national Aussie value.feedback

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - World Bank Group

The progress we have made is undeniable, but we all know we need to do more, much more.feedback

Joko Widodo

I am aware that the challenge keeps changing and it needs quick action from us. Unemployment and income inequality must be addressed and the Cabinet needed to work "more quickly, more effectively.feedback

Bernie Sanders

This election is about ending the grotesque level of wealth inequality in our country. It is not moral, it is not sustainable that the top 1 percent owns more than the bottom 90 percent. Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in this country works 40 hours a week, that person should not live in poverty. She understands we need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage.feedback

Jim Yong Kim - World Bank Group

We're most excited about his deep commitment to tackling poverty and inequality and finding innovative solutions that we can take to scale.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will be campaigning on all the things that matter. The inequality and poverty that exists in this country. The need to end the privatisation of our National Health Service. The need to give real hope and opportunity to young people all across this country. That is what Labour exists to do.feedback

Carlton W. Reeves

Mississippi's elected officials may disagree with Obergefell, of course, and may express that disagreement as they see fit ? by advocating for a constitutional amendment to overturn the decision, for example. But the marriage license issue will not be adjudicated anew after every legislative session.feedback

Juliana Horowitz

Blacks and whites are deeply divided in their views of race relations, racial inequality and their perception of what life is like for black people in the U.S.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I regret there have been resignations today from my shadow cabinet. But I am not going to betray the trust of those who voted for me – or the millions of supporters across the country who need Labour to represent them. One clear message from last Thursday's vote is that millions of people feel shut out of a political and economic system that has let them down and scarred our country with grotesque levels of inequality.feedback

Sigal Alon

Given the high level of both racial/ethnic and economic inequality in elite institutions, now is a good time to have a discussion about kind of diversity we want to see. And what aspects we should target in order to achieve the broadest, and most desirable, diversity dividends. I think we should have that discussion.feedback

Richard L. Trumka - AFL-CIO

The income inequality that exists in this country is a disgrace.feedback

Cristina Palabay

It is also an issue about poverty, gross inequality of access to education and the lack of a rehabilitative framework in the country's existing justice and penal system.feedback

Rakesh Kochhar

These trends in the middle class are reflective of rising income inequality. This trend has been part and parcel of the national economy for the last 30 to 40 years.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Across England we had predictions we'd lose councils. We didn't [lose]. We hung on and we grew support in some places ... because our party is standing up against the grotesque levels of inequality in Britain.feedback

Hillary Clinton

If you are a Democrat, an independent or a thoughtful Republican, you know their approach is not going to build an America where we increase opportunity or decrease inequality. So instead of us letting them take us backwards we want America to be in the future business.feedback

Molly Worthen

The decision to put Tubman on the twenty is a powerful sign of Americans' changing relationship with their own history. At the same time, it's also the gesture of liberals who have been fairly impotent lately in their efforts to correct the deep socioeconomic sources of racial inequality.feedback

Maurice Obstfeld - International Monetary Fund

In many countries the lack of wage growth and greater inequality have created widespread senses that economic growth has mainly been to the benefit of economic elites.feedback

Bernie Sanders

The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great economic issue of our time, the great political issue of our time, and the great moral issue of our time. It is an issue that we must confront in my nation and across the world.feedback

Becky Sauerbrunn

The message they've been putting out by paying us drastically less than the men is that they don't value our contributions to the game as much as the men.feedback

Barack Obama

It's change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate.feedback

Barack Obama

It's change that can broaden opportunity, or widen inequality. And whether we like it or not, the pace of this change will only accelerate. Companies in a global economy can locate anywhere, and face tougher competition…As a result, workers have less leverage for a raise. Companies have less loyalty to their communities. And more and more wealth and income is concentrated at the very top.feedback

Richard Edelman - Edelman

The consequence of this is populism – exemplified by Trump and Le Pen.feedback

Jyrki Raina

It's a major wake-up call. Inequality is one of the biggest threats to economic well-being and it needs to be addressed.feedback

Joe Biden

What I meant was for the last five years, she [had] been engaged in foreign policy. Even when income inequality wasn't as serious as it is today, it was his drumbeat. And so that's what I meant. And she is coming up with some very good ideas, but Bernie is pushing the envelope on this for everyone – for everyone involved.feedback

Barack Obama

But what that storm revealed was another tragedy, one that had been brewing for decades. New Orleans had long been plagued by structural inequality that left too many people, especially people of colour, without good jobs or affordable health care or decent housing.feedback

Sandy Rosenthal

People arrive in Louis Armstrong Airport with a desire to understand what happened here, even though it's been 10 years. And we're glad that they do, because the survivors deserve for everyone to know the vetted facts about the flooding. The survivors deserve for everyone to know that we were flooded because of civil engineering failure, not due to just Mother Nature.feedback

Alisha Renfro - National Wildlife Federation

Since we have moneys that are going to be coming through from the BP oil spill, we can put that towards coastal restoration. It is a very sad opportunity, but a very unique one that can actually help us out a lot.feedback

Angel Gurria - OECD

Inequality in OECD countries is at its highest since records began.feedback

Axel Kicillof

When you combat inequality and you put money in the sectors that are with less income, you have as results not only more welfare for them, but also macro-economically speaking more demand.feedback

Javier Couso

I don't think so. In Cuba there are high standards of healthcare and education, and less inequality than in other Latin American countries, and the Cubans know it.feedback

Winnie Byanyima - Oxfam Intermón

Business as usual for the elite isn't a cost free option. Failure to tackle inequality will set the fight against poverty back decades. The poor are hurt twice by rising inequality – they get a smaller share of the economic pie and because extreme inequality hurts growth, there is less pie to be shared around.feedback

Mike Lee

Where does this new inequality come from? From the government. Every time it takes rights and opportunities away from the American people and gives them instead to politicians, bureaucrats and special interests.feedback

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

Well, America is a divided country. And it is divided for a reason, and that is growing economic inequality. All the gains, almost all the gains, that have been produced over the last 30-plus years have gone to the top one percent of the population, while wages for the 99 percent have barely budged.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

If there is a problem in Latin America and in Colombia, it is the problem of inequality regarding the division of wealth and the development of different regions. This restricts countries' chances of success. So we want to reduce these inequalities. But we also want to launch a reconciliation process to heal the wounds of violence which has damaged us for such a long time. This violence has not finished.feedback

Aung San Suu Kyi

We do not want investment to mean greater inequality. We want investment to mean, quite simply, jobs. As many jobs as possible.feedback

George Papandreou

First of all, there is, I think, a very big opportunity for Socialist International. We are 161 parties around the world, the biggest political organisation in the world. There is an opportunity to show our solidarity for new areas in the world, where progressive movements are developing, and this will be in Russia, in China, in the Arab world, working with the progressives in the US. Our traditional base is in Europe, but there are very strong parties in Latin America and other parts of the world also. We have the opportunity of showing our work in the area of justice, of fighting inequality and poverty, the area of democracy and developing participation, the area of peace, in supporting the initiatives such as the one that (Spanish) Prime Minister Zapatero has taken on, the alliance of civilisations, dialogue in alliance rather than culture clash.feedback

Christian Wetell

The voucher system in Sweden was designed in order to expand equal opportunities without having one size fits all. It's very important to provide equal opportunities, but equal opportunities doesn't mean a system of identical programmes, because eventually that creates inequality.feedback

Stefan Grobe - Euronews

In Europe, we see growing inequality and a high level of unemployment, especially youth unemployment, and you mention this in every speech. What are you telling youngsters who are worried? Is there hope that this 'low growth trap', as you have called it, will not slam shut?feedback

Laszlo Kovacs

The reason is that currently there are 11 member states than can apply reduced rates on restaurant services which is not allowed in other 16 member states so there is a great deal of inequality.feedback

Abdellatif Mekki

We must find ways to reduce the financial burden on Tunisian households. And so we've asked the government to double the Health Ministry's budget to help those people who are spending much more than they can afford.feedback

Tumi Masite

Lots of people actually lack education here in the community. We struggle in the gym you know, to also to try to tell people about health.Something that is little can actually change the lives of people in the community.feedback

Daniel Ersuncho

I lost everything. The door was broken, the shelves were stolen.. they never left even one spoon here. Even money was stolen. When we phone the police they can't do anything, they just leave. We are not safe.feedback

Tumi Masite

We need funders. We need more centres for the children. We need libraries for the people to actually get education.feedback

Mandisa Nkamba Kadalie

Some people have said to me 'Don't say that you own the business, because once people hear that it is owned by a black person, they might have attitude'. I said no, I said no! I fought for this so much! There is no way I'm going to say I do not own it. People that are still scared to say 'I will take advantage of an opportunity' should just let go, and take advantage of the opportunities that are there, and see if it works, as long as they are prepared to work hard!feedback

Angelo Pauperio - Sonae

Probably the moment when I met a good old friend that I didn't imagine that I could meet here. He is now CEO of a large company. We met in other lives – but it was a very good moment, a very emotional moment.feedback

Goldie Hawn

Well first of all, what we have done for 12 years is we have been very, very successful. It is an evidence based programme so there is no guess work anymore. Our children learn how their brains work, they understand how to take a brain break during the day, they understand stress, they become self-aware and they have a neurological corelet now because their emotions now have context. So they can regulate their emotion, they can handle their stress and they understand how to become empathetic and engage in the classroom.feedback

Kathleen Lacey

I think businesses are putting cash into their compassion. And you see this every year – the commitments that are made at Davos. And they continue to make those commitments throughout the year.feedback

Ilaria Maselli

In the US I'd be in favour of a minimum wage because there is stronger inequality, there.feedback

Angel Gurria - OECD

Income inequality in OECD countries is at its highest level in the past half-century. The average income of the richest 10 percent of the population is nine times that of the poorest ten percent across the OECD. Twenty-five years ago the number was seven times.feedback

George Orwell

The huge problem in America right now is just the huge inequality, the wealth that has been increasing over the last 30 years, blah blah, I won't go into it with you, but that is something that still motivates me and moves me to write about.feedback

Alan Lichtman

What his base is looking to see is the old Obama, the inspirational Obama, the Obama of the soaring rhetoric. That's what he needs to do. With respect to economic justice and income inequality, the gap between the wealthy and everybody else has now returned to the levels of 1929, at the eve of the Great Depression. All the gains of the middle to late decades of the 20th century have been wiped out. This is an enormous problem.feedback

Bill Clinton

I ask you to go home and tell your friends and neighbours that when times get tough that you should give more, not less. Because we live in an interdependent world where we cannot stand this level of inequality and instability.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I am here to tell you poverty and growing inequality matters. Healthcare matters, the people of the Gulf Coast and New Orleans matter, our soldiers matter, our standing in the world matters. Our future matters and it is up to us to take it back, put it into our hands and start marching towards a better tomorrow.feedback

George Papandreou

Greece has great potential. Greece has many comparative advantages. But we are wasting this potential with policies which must change. One of the problems which Greece has is that we have had over the years, unluckily, systemic corruption in the public sector, from the top down to the lower levels which means a lot of loss of money, great inequality and a lack of investment.feedback

Jean-Marc Ayrault

Those who are seeking exile abroad are not those who are scared of becoming poor, it's because they want to get even richer. Let me tell you something: if we want to resolve the problem of poverty and social inequality we must make political choices.feedback

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