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Free course: Challenging wealth and income inequality

Updated Friday 27th February 2015

Explore our range of free resources to help develop your skills in economics and continue your interest in social issues.

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From religious leaders to heads of state, everyone is talking about economic inequalities. What form can such inequalities take in different countries? What impact do they have on society? And why should they matter to you? This free online course will explore the growing concerns surrounding rising inequalities in income and wealth in developed countries. You’ll scrutinise claims that the baby boomer generation has had it all, in terms of pension deals and affordable houses, while social and political changes have left younger generations struggling to find security for their accommodation and retirement income. You’ll examine the causes and implications of growing economic inequalities and what can be done about them, by individuals, communities and governments.

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