Economic inequality has deepened during the pandemic. That doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed

Economic inequality is rising

The world is facing a surge in economic inequality. Image: Unsplash/Frank Busch

Patrick Henry
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A chart showing global income and wealth inequality, 2021
The richest 10% of the world population owns 76% of the wealth. Image: World Inequality Report 2022

A chart showing extreme poverty, 2015-2021
COVID-19 has reversed progress on eradicating poverty. Image: World Bank Global Economic Prospects report

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Huge economic rescue efforts could be needed to help some countries (Note: EMDEs = emerging market and developing economies). Image: World Bank

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