Disadvantaged Groups and Social Mobility

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    Finn Tarp

    Racial polarisation and horizontal inequalities — or discriminatory divides that coincide with identity-based cleavages — are on the rise across the globe. These inequalities especially put developing countries at risk of economic and political instability.

    To fill data gaps in the area of group-based inequalities and how best to promote inclusion, this project is has two main components. The first, which addresses the question of what we have learned so far about discrimination and affirmative action, focuses on evaluating various affirmative-action policies that have been used to correct inequalities. The second focuses on the politics of group-based inequalities, seeking to distil and develop key perspectives from political science and political economy.

    In line with the goals of the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), this project strives to:

    • shed further light on the extent to which inequalities run along ethnic, gender, and other communal lines
    • understand the determinants of group-based inequalities, including the potential for change
    • consider the impact of inequalities on development and structural transformation