Is Income Inequality Increasing in Canada? Berkeley Economist Emmanuel Saez Says "Maybe"

Professor Emmanuel Saez

New research by economists Emmanuel Saez of UC Berkeley and Michael R. Veall of McMaster University confirms that income inequality has risen in Canada since the 1980s; while the average Canadian income barely increased between 1987-2017, those in the top 1% doubled or even tripled their earnings. However, that's not the whole story: in fact, overall inequality has decreased since the recession of 2009. The reasons behind initial surge - and its reversal - remain unclear, but have broad policy implications.

Read more about the research in Policy Options.