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Letter from leading academics addressed to High Level Panel says: Put Inequality at the heart of Post 2015!

A group of 90 academics, economists and development experts have written to the members of the High Level Panel on the Post 2015 Development Agenda to ask that they put tackling inequality at the heart of any new framework. Ahead of the next meeting of the panel in Bali next week, the letter says that to eradicate extreme poverty in all its dimensions by 2030, the panel must find a way to reduce vast and increasing inequalities both within and between countries.

The expert signatories include former Colombian minister and leading development economist Jose Antonio Ocampo, Indian academic Jayati Ghosh, Thomas Pogge, a lead thinker in global justice debates and co-authors of the Spirit Level book, Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.

The letter was also signed by Cambridge University’s Gabriel Palma and Andy Sumner from the International Development Institute at King’s College London who have put forward an alternative measure of inequality based on Palma’s ratio between the  income share of the richest 10% of a population compared with the poorest 40%. Sumner recently published an article on this new  way to track global inequality with Alex Cobham from the Centre for Global Development in Europe.

You can read the letter here.

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