A Wealth Gap is an Economic Difference Between

Wealth inequality is in the news, with our friends at IPPR


to but how ‘unevenly divided’ wealth is in the UK. The problem is huge: the top ten% of households are 875 times wealthier than those at the bottom.

But why is there and then much focus on


inequality – and what’southward the departure betwixt that and



Personal wealth ways a


of valuable possessions

: anything from cash under your mattress, through shares and bonds, to the value of your house or your car.

Income, on the other hand, is a


of money you receive, such as wages

for employment.

Here in the UK, we’ve heard


that inequality hasn’t increased since before the financial crisis. Claims like that refer to income inequality. In July 2017, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) caused a stir with a


showing that the gap between the highest wages and the lowest has not changed much since 2008.

Statistics on income inequality take a chance misinterpretation. Although information technology has fallen by some measures, that doesn’t mean that those at the bottom are doing whatever meliorate.
In fact, as the Resolution Foundation revealed in a

written report

for the Social Mobility Commission today, people on low pay are increasingly finding themselves stuck in that location, unable to ‘escape’ to better employment. The results in the IFS report are due generally to salaries in the financial and insurance services sector, which are amongst the highest, falling dramatically after the crash; information technology also showed that those same salaries have been climbing faster over the past couple of years.

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Wealth inequality is much more astringent than income inequality. A tiny fraction of the population owns almost of the Britain’s pile of riches.
In our recent piece of work, we


that, between 2006-8 and 2012-14, the richest 5th of households gained almost 200 times as much in absolute wealth terms compared to the poorest fifth.

Then, irrespective of the story on incomes, Uk is becoming much more unequal. One time we consider the consequences of wealth inequality, there’due south much more than cause for concern.

In the first identify, wealth is


a source of income. Holding stocks and shares on financial markets guarantees a source of income in the forms of dividends and capital gains; holding bonds or savings generates interest. The result goes further: wealth allows people to purchase better healthcare and education, and avails like a house or a car themselves enable people to save time and take on ameliorate jobs (

this article

over at


has a bang-up summary of this point). Income tin can be stored as wealth, but wealth begets income.

This means that wealth is stockpiled by the rich and inequality gets worse over time, every bit Thomas Piketty’s groundbreaking volume

Capital in the 21st Century

outlined with painstaking historical clarity. Since the return on capital letter (wealth) is higher than the rate of economic growth in general, wealth comes to boss wages as the determinant of how prosperity is shared.

As the authors at IPPR point out, these facts have a necessary intergenerational bite to them. ‘Every generation since the ‘baby boomers’ at present has less wealth than the generation earlier them had at the same age.’ With policies like exemptions for inheritance taxation and the crushing weight of the housing marketplace bearing downwardly on young people, wealth inequality doesn’t but reinforce itself within the same accomplice – it can multiply to appalling levels from one generation to the next.

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Conservative politicians

violent their pilus out

over attracting younger voters would exercise well to take a long, hard wait at wealth inequality statistics. Income inequality threatens to deteriorate. But the real news is in wealth and the patent unfairness associated with it.

Economist, Positive Coin

Rob leads Positive Money’s research on the monetary system, commonwealth and the climate.

A Wealth Gap is an Economic Difference Between

Source: https://positivemoney.org/2017/10/wealth-inequality/