A report released in 2008 by the OECD shows that in most developed countries the gap is growing between the rich and the poor. The important thing to note is that it is growing in most countries. This shows that this growing gap is not inevitable (not that we thought it was – but some do seem to). Since the gap between rich and poor has been growing in Canada and the US (we also have some of the highest child poverty rates), we need to start looking more to countries like France, Greece and Spain, all of whom have seen more equality of incomes over the past twenty years.
Check out the report – there’s also some cool mapping graphics showing the data they collected.