Poland tackles one of the most severe social inequalities in Europe

Since the turn of 1989, the share in the income of the richest group of Poles (1% of society) has doubled. Why is Poland one of Europe’s leaders in terms of inequalities?

Zuzanna Piechowicz
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Poland tackles
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Why this story matters:

The report "Inequalities in Poland", prepared by Paweł Bukowski from London School of Economics and Filip Novokmet from Paris School of Economics, demonstrates that from 1989 to 2015 the share in income of the richest 1% has doubled.

“Income inequalities in Poland are underestimated. Previous studies were based on random sample surveys. The interviewers failed to reach the richest. Wealthy people, filling out surveys, lower their income,” Paweł Bukowski declared in an interview with Agnieszka Lichnerowicz from TOK FM.

The report "Inequalities in Poland" is more accurate -- the data provided in it are supplemented with information from tax declarations.

Poland witnessed the most severe economic inequalities during the periods of economic growth. The problem is that only the richest benefit from the prosperity. “The ‘cake’ is getting bigger but the middle class is getting less and less of it,” Paweł Bukowski told TOK FM.

Poland is in the European lead when it comes to social inequalities. The ruling party Law and Justice knows it very well and has used it in the past elections, playing upon the needs and frustrations of the underprivileged, overlooked part of Polish society.

Details from the story:

  • Poland is of the European leaders when it comes to social inequalities.
  • The richest Poles benefit from the economic growth.
  • Social inequalities in Poland are underestimated.
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