Economic inequality: Can we fix it? @TEDxSeptemvriskaSesijaSalon
At the fifth TEDxSeptemvriskaSesijaSalon event with the theme “Economic inequality: Can we fix it?” we discussed the origins of economic inequality, its consequences on the society, especially on social structures like health, police, and the market alike. Also, much of the discussion was dedicated to defining the forms of redistribution of wealth, discussed flat versus progressive tax income and their advantages and disadvantages as well as the majority of reforms that took place in Macedonia in the past ten years in one way or another contributed to the improvement or enhancement of this node. We had the opportunity to compare our country with the region and the world using the Gini coefficient and discuss the consequences that we feel because of these statistics. The topic raised the issue and launched a discussion on where to steer Macedonia regarding this issue and what is the best strategy to solve this problem?
The first expert guest was Trajko Slaveski (on the left) is an university professor and former Minister of Finance.
Prof. Slaveski is author or co-author of five books and numerous articles published in the country and abroad in academic and professional journals in the field of privatization, economic restructuring, economic growth and development, economic and social functions of the state and others. He participated in many international conferences on transition and development issues.
As Minister of Finance participated in the implementation of a series of reforms in the tax and financial system in the country, modernization of the payment system, integrating the collection of personal income tax and social contributions in the Public Revenue Office (concept of gross salary).
Dragan Tevdovski (on the right) is an Associate Professor of Economics – Skopje, University “St. Cyril and Methodius” University, where he teaches statistics for business and economics and quantitative methods in finance.
Major areas of his research are applied econometrics, financial time series and macroeconomic policy. He is the author of two university textbooks and has published papers in prestigious scientific journals. His political analyzes are published by renowned international institutes (FES, FEPS and SOLIDAR).
1. Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies, (16:54), 2014
We feel instinctively that societies with huge income gaps are somehow going wrong. Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.
2. Dan Ariely: How equal do we want the world to be? You’d be surprised (8:53), 2015
The news of society’s growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, surprising research on what we think is fair, as far as how wealth is distributed over societies … then shows how it stacks up to the real stats.
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