OECD: As the Wealth Gap Grows, Growth Slows

The chasm between the richest and poorest is at a 30-year high in developed countries, dragging down world economic growth, according to a new international report.

Worsening income inequality is estimated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to have knocked nearly 9 percentage points off growth in the U.K. between 1990 and 2010, and between 6 and 7 percentage points off growth in the U.S.

“This long-term trend increase in income inequality has curbed economic growth significantly,” said the OECD, which is made up of 34 major economies, in a report out Tuesday.


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