Does inequality harm or boost the economy? How much insight does an increase in GDP provide about the wealth of the inhabitants of a country?
In this second lecture of our two-lecture-series ‘Myths About the Market’ Mirjam de Rijk debunks myths about inequality in relation to the economy, as well as myths about how to overcome inequality. By the way, what role did and does inequality play in the emergence of the financial and economic crisis? And does technological innovation contribute to inequality? Talking about increasing inequality, what can be said about the future of labour and combatting unemployment?
Mirjam de Rijk, originally a journalist, has a broad experience as CEO of national environmental organization ‘Stichting Natuur en Milieu’, member of the Dutch senate, deputy mayor of Utrecht and chair of the green-left party ‘GroenLinks’. Last year she published '51 myths about the economy' (in Dutch '51 Mythes over wat goed zou zijn voor de economie')