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Fall 2017 IMF Fiscal Monitor: Tackling Inequality
Wednesday 6 December 2017, 1600-17h30, 75007 Paris 

Chaired by Christophe Destais, Deputy-Director of the CEPII

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  • Mercedes Garcia-Escribano, Deputy Division Chief, Expenditure Policy Division Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund

  • Jérôme Héricourt, Scientific Advisor at the CEPII, Professor of Economics at Lille University

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Rising inequality and slow economic growth in many countries have focused attention on policies to support inclusive growth. While some inequality is inevitable in a market-based economic system, excessive inequality can erode social cohesion, lead to political polarization, and ultimately lower economic growth.

This Fiscal Monitor discusses how fiscal policies can help achieve redistributive objectives. It focuses on three salient policy debates: tax rates at the top of the income distribution, the introduction of a universal basic income, and the role of public spending on education and health