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EBRDs President & its Chief Economist discuss inequality

EBRD's President & its Chief Economist discuss inequality

 January 25, 2021

The EBRD understands that inequality is emerging as one of the “biggest policy challenges” during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Bank estimating that extreme global poverty is to rise for the first time in over 20 years.

An EBRD's podcast examines inequality, during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

The impact of COVID-19 on gender equality

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EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso and EBRD Chief Economist Beata Javorcik shared their thoughts on how COVID-19 impacts skilled women, emerging markets across the EBRD regions, and gender equality.

They also discussed how global inequality, aggravated by the pandemic, needs to be combated with the support of the state and the private sector.

"Broad access to economic opportunity is absolutely vital for sustainable development and sustainable markets," says Odile. "Everyone should be able to make the best use of their skills and talents."

They were joined by Professor Angus Deaton, Nobel Prize laureate in Economics and Senior Scholar at the School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and Professor Branko Milanovic, Presidential Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a senior fellow at the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality.

The discussion was chaired by EBRD Communications Managing Director, Jonathan Charles.

Listen to the full podcast here.

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