Dimensions of Inequality in Canada
496 pages, 6 x 9
60 b&w illustrations, 56 tables
Release Date:01 Jan 2007
Release Date:30 Aug 2006
Release Date:01 Jan 2007

Dimensions of Inequality in Canada

UBC Press

Is Canada becoming a more polarized society? Or is it a kind-hearted nation that takes care of its disadvantaged? This volume closely examines these differing views through a careful analysis of the causes, trends, and dimensions of inequality to provide an overall assessment of the state of inequality in Canada. Contributors include economists, sociologists, philosophers, and political scientists, and the discussion ranges from frameworks for thinking about inequality, to original analyses using Canadian data, to assessments of significant policy issues, methodologies, and research directions. What emerges is the most detailed picture of inequality in Canada to date and, disturbingly, one that shows signs of us becoming a less just society.

An invaluable source of information for policy makers, researchers, and students from a broad variety of disciplines, Dimensions of Inequality in Canada will also appeal to readers interested or involved in public debates over inequality.


  • 2007, Winner - Doug Purvis Memorial Prize, Canadian Economics Association
Too often inequality is considered only in terms of incomes. This book, written by some of the best researchers in the field, expands the economic perspective to include consumption, time, and participation. And it focuses on specific groups for which inequality is a compelling issue: kids, women, and ethnic groups. Its multidimensional perspective on inequality in Canada is so successful that it could be a model for future attempts in other countries. Barbara Boyle Torrey, co-editor of The Vulnerable
David A. Green is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia. Jonathan R. Kesselman is Canada Research Chair in Public Finance with the Graduate Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University.

Figures and Tables

1 Dimensions of Inequality in a Just Society / David A. Green and Jonathan R. Kesselman

2 Normative Dimensions of Inequality / Colin M. Macleod and Avigail Eisenberg

3 Rising Income Inequality in the 1990s: An Exploration of Three Data Sources / Marc Frenette, David A. Green, and Garnett Picot

4 How Has Earnings Mobility in Canada Changed? / Charles M. Beach

5 Consumption Inequality in Canada / Thomas F. Crossley and Krishna Pendakur

6 How Much Does Employment Matter for Inequality in Canada and Elsewhere? / Lars Osberg

7 Inequalities in Political and Community Participation / James Curtis, Edward Grabb, and Thomas Perks

8 Fitting Kids In: Children and Inequality in Canada / Shelley Phipps and Lynn Lethbridge

9 Ethnic Inequality in Canada: Economic and Health Dimensions / Ellen M. Gee, Karen M. Kobayashi, and Steven G. Prus

10 Recent Trends in Wage Inequality and the Wage Structure in Canada / Brahim Boudarbat, Thomas Lemieux, and W. Craig Riddell

11 Gender Dimensions of Changes in Earnings Inequality in Canada / Nicole M. Fortin and Tammy Schirle

12 Taxation Impacts on Inequality in Canada: Methodologies and Findings / Jonathan R. Kesselman and Ron Cheung

13 Dis-embedding Liberalism? The New Social Policy Paradigm in Canada / Keith G. Banting



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