Economic Justice

Economic Justice

Addressing economic inequality to secure the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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DEFINITION

Economic inequality has risen dramatically both within and among nations, fraying individual lives and straining social cohesion. Policies that over the past two decades have fostered the emergence of middle classes in India, China, and elsewhere, have also channeled disproportionate gains to the world’s top 1%. Despite numerous international agreements and covenants that enumerate a range of economic rights, hundreds of millions of people struggle due to poverty, inequality, malnutrition, below subsistence wages, and lack of health care.

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APPROACH

The Carr Center’s approach to addressing economic justice focuses on generating new knowledge and policy insights, as well as convening academics, policy makers, business leaders, and practitioners, on key economic justice concerns including fairness in trade, economic inequality within and across countries, and the role of business in human rights. Research on trade focuses on why trade should be treated as a matter of justice.

  • At a glance

    The world’s richest 1% now has more wealth than the rest of the world combined

  • At a glance

    In 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6 billion people – the bottom half of humanity. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010

  • At a glance

    Indigenous peoples and local communities protect half the world’s land, but formally own just 10 percent.

Programs & Initiatives

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Economic Inequality

The Carr Center analyzes economic inequalities: between individuals and groups in society, and between nations and states in the international system.

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Corruption

The Carr Center seeks to document and investigate large-scale and systemic corruption as an obstacle to economic justice.

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Just Trade

Just Trade

The Carr Center conducts research on fair terms of global trade, better prices and decent working conditions as a tool to redress existing economic injustices.

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