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Distribution Inequality: A Threat for the European Economy?, Brussels, 15 November, 12-14:30h

[15-11-2016]
The Brussels Representative Office of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB, Austrian central bank), ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, and AK EUROPA, the Brussels Office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour, cordially invite you to our panel discussion:

Distribution Inequality:

A Threat for the European Economy?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 12:00-14:30

Permanent Representation of Austria to the EU
Avenue de Cortenbergh 30, 1040 Brussels, 1st floor

Inequality is rising in most parts of the world. Europe is no exception to this development. Since the 1980s, in most OECD countries the number of households ranking top in wealth distribution have accrued even more wealth. Moreover, wealth inequality has received far less attention than income inequality in the past, but this has changed as economists and policy makers have now also turned to wealth inequality issues.

As rising inequality harms long-term economic growth and welfare, decisive action by policy makers is urgently needed.

What are the drivers of income and wealth inequality? What risks does a disproportionate accumulation of wealth by a small group impose on the European economy? What explains the differences in wealth inequality in the euro area? What could the best policy responses to combat rising inequality look like?

12:00-13:00h: The scientific point of view

Miriam REHM
, Expert for macroeconomics and wealth distribution, Vienna Chamber of Labour
Aurel SCHUBERT, Director General, Statistics Department, European Central Bank

Martin SCHÜRZ, Head of the Monetary Analysis Unit, Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Moderator: Isabella LINDNER, Chief Representative, Brussels Representative Office of the OeNB


13:00-14:30: The political point of view

Erich FOGLAR
, President, Austrian Trade Union Federation ÖGB
Reiner HOFFMANN, President, German Trade Union Confederation DGB
James WATSON, Director of Economics, BusinessEurope

Moderators: Uwe OPTENHÖGEL, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Head of Brussels Office and Margaretha KOPEINIG, Brussels correspondent KURIER


The discussion will be held in German and English and simultaneous interpretation into both languages will be provided.



There will be a short coffee break between the scientific and the political panel.

Following the discussion, we would like to invite you to join us for a buffet lunch.


Please register for the event by using the following links:

Yes, I will take part.

No, unfortunately I am unable to take part.

For further information:

Tel: 02 230 62 54 or 02 230 74 63 or 02 285 48 48
Email: office@akeuropa.eu or europabuero@oegb-eu.at or repb@oenb.at
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