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The Age of Increasing Inequality
The Astonishing Rise of Canada's 1%

By (author) Lars Osberg


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LARS OSBERG is a Professor of Economics at Dalhousie University with research interests in labour economics and income and wealth distribution. He received his PhD in Economics from Yale University and has published numerous articles in academic journals and seven books, including Unnecessary Debts, co-edited with Pierre Fortin. He is a past President of the Canadian Economics Association.


Unpublished endorsement

"Lars Osberg convincingly argues that ever rising inequality is literally unsustainable since it undermines economic stability and steadily tears away at the social and political fabric. He carefully details the inequality story in Canada, stressing the accumulation of income and wealth in the hands of the top one per cent, the long term stagnation of the living standards of the middle class, and the exclusion of the poor from the mainstream. His rigorous and humane analysis sets the stage for some radical, but feasible, advice on where we should go from here."


Unpublished endorsement

"When Lars Osberg decides it's time to take another look at trends in income inequality, I always sit up and pay close attention. The former president of the Canadian Economics Association has been a guru on the topic for decades, both in Canada and internationally. His scholarship and fabulous talents as raconteur never fail to impart fresh insights on the most important socio-economic subject of our era, and clarify exactly why income inequality has taken on that urgent status. If you want to know how we got here and where we're headed, Osberg's latest is sure to be the best-in-class book on a topic of profound relevance in the early 21st century: how our economic fates are bound with one another's."


Unpublished endorsement

"Nobody in Canada, and few anywhere in the world, have done more than Lars Osberg to focus public debate and public policy on the crucial challenge of combating and reducing inequality. Now this readable, rigorous book assembles his most powerful arguments under one cover. It is a potent weapon in the shared effort to build a more equal Canada."


Unpublished endorsement

"If you think "relentless incrementalism" is, or should be, the Canadian way, this book is a reality check. Our accelerating path towards steeper inequality, profound insecurity and social unrest does not lead to the future Canada we want. Osberg's call for policies that are bold and fast enough to change paths, like basic income and fairer taxation, ought to be heeded."


Unpublished endorsement

"Lars Osberg has long been a leading voice alerting us to the explosive growth in the gap between the rich and the rest of Canadian society. In this important and incisive book, he lays out the negative impacts of such inequality and the bold steps needed if we are to address the problem before our country becomes unrecognizable."


Unpublished endorsement

"This is a timely and important book on arguably the most crucial policy challenge facing governments today: the incessant growth of inequality. Lars Osberg provides a reasoned, yet compassionate, account of inequality in Canada and the policy challenges it entails, and he does so in a highly readable way. He carefully documents the growth in income inequality; explains its sources, especially the growth of incomes at the top combined with stagnation of middle and lower incomes; outlines its consequences for Canadian economic and social well-being; warns about trends likely to exacerbate the problem in the near future; and advocates a set of policies to address the issue. This is a first-class account by a first-class progressive thinker. The approach is balanced but incisive, and the multi-faceted remedies are both realistic and compelling. The arguments deserve to be heeded by concerned citizens, policy makers and scholars alike."


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