Due to economic convergence by large economies such as China and India, indicators of global inequality have recently shown signs of moderate reduction. Nonetheless, global inequality remains high by any standard. This, together with rising trends in within-country inequality, can harm cohesion within societies and undermine global political agreements.

This taskforce investigates policies that can make economic growth more inclusive, both nationally and internationally, taking account of the multiple dimensions of inequality and well-being, and relating to the SDGs framework. It also looks at the specific contribution to social cohesion that international civil society can make.

The Task Force “Global Inequality and Social Cohesion” is co-chaired by:


Helmut Anheier

Institute: Hertie School of Governance

Function: President and Dean

Country: Germany

Research: Governance research, Indicators, Role of Civil Society and Philanthropy, Culture

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Marc Fleurbaey

Institute: IPSP International Panel for Social Progress (and Princetown University)

Function: Co-director and professor

Country: France/ United States

Research: Welfare economics, well-being measurement, tax, health, and climate policy


Gianluca Grimalda

Institute: IfW Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Function: Senior Researcher

Country: Germany

Research: Experimental Economics, Cross-cultural research, Cooperation Income Inequality