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Polarization and its discontents: does rising economic inequality undermine the foundations of liberal societies?

Project description

The effect of economic inequality on societal openness

Economic inequality has long been thought to diminish societal openness. Empirical evidence to support the argument mostly comes from studies that compare societies with different levels of inequality at the same point in time. The few available studies that track changes in inequality over time and then relate these to changes in societal fundamentals have regularly failed to confirm the argument, however. To reexamine the question, the EU-funded POLAR project aims to create four new multilevel databases that combine microdata from over 30 countries and offer observation windows spanning as far back as the 1970s to gain leverage for a longitudinal empirical analysis. These newly constructed databases will be used for a detailed decomposition of inequality trends and for an analysis of the role of economic inequality for social mobility, support for democracy, and social cohesion in Western societies.

Host institution

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Net EU contribution
€ 2 494 665,00
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Germany

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Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (1)

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITAET FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 2 494 665,00
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main

See on map

Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Stuttgart, Stadtkreis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00