DIAL Policy Brief No. 8 ‘Working towards reducing income and wealth inequalities: What can policymakers learn from Dynamics of Inequality Across the Life-course (DIAL) research?’

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There are a number of key European policy agendas related to income on which the DIAL research can shed light. This policy brief gives an overview of findings from DIAL projects in this area.

Key Findings

  • A widening gap between those with ‘advantaged’ and ‘disadvantaged’ employment and family trajectories has led to increased wealth inequality over time in the US.
  • Those who have a genetic propensity to obesity earn less, especially the poorest, and women.
  • Those in lower income groups are likely to suffer the greatest long-term economic effects from Covid-19.
  • Lower income groups are more vulnerable to unemployment – but not to its long-term effects.