Inclusive Economy

Inclusive Economy

Exploring how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. read more

Inclusive Economy introduction

This theme explores how economics can help build more equal, sustainable and inclusive societies. It builds upon the belief that the world needs new, global economic strategies, which will shift the focus from the pursuit of growth to more diverse economic models and policies that aim to increase human well-being.

Inclusiveness as a concept is often heard, but its meaning is discussed less. In the Inclusive Economy theme, The Broker investigates how we can build a global economic model that moves beyond the one-way road of mere economic growth to one that is also based on principles of equality and human well-being. Such economic transformation is needed in all countries – developed, emerging and developing – and requires action from multinational companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, governments and consumers.

In order to contribute to this challenge, The Broker brings together divergent approaches on how to effectively and structurally evoke this change by connecting the knowledge and experience of academics, policy-makers, practitioners and entrepreneurs.

Precarious work: a concern for the well off

Evert-jan Quak  | 11 December 2014

Linking precarious work to the debate on income inequality shows that precarious work not only affects the ‘losers’...

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Editorial articles

Better skills will not save middle-class jobs from automation

Jo Michell | April 28, 2015

As technology advances, automation will affect a growing number of European jobs. The conventional view that better education and skills are the solution wil...

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Making globalization work for the European middle class

Evert-jan Quak | April 29, 2015

New jobs have been created mainly for the lower and the upper segments of the labour market. Can jobs be created for the middle classes without embracing pro...

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Three perspectives on social protection

This article provides insights on social protection from the online consultation on inclusive development and examines what we should focus on and how we sho...

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Small but powerful

Josefine Ulbrich | March 09, 2015

Although 90% of businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa’s markets are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), they do not play a significant role in current GDP growth...

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Creating jobs at the heart of economic policy

Annemarie van de Vijsel | March 05, 2015

The Broker's Employment debate showed that policies aimed at creating more and better jobs start with a change at the core of the financial markets.

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Practice, don’t preach: getting serious about inclusive development

Saskia Hollander, Rojan Bolling | February 25, 2015

Policies to promote inclusiveness often remain empty shells as existing power structures are unchallenged.

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Low wages and job insecurity as a destructive global standard

Discussion paper for the FNV Mondiaal conference on precarious work. The spread of insecure employment conditions have a negative impact on macroeconomic dev...

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Doing business in Africa: do the poor profit?

Annemarie van de Vijsel | November 12, 2014

When the Dutch private sector is involved in development in Africa, a dilemma may arise.

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Expert opinions

Repairing the middle

Evert-jan Quak | April 30, 2015

Deliberate policies led to the rise of the European middle class and they will determine its future, too.

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Making globalization work for the European middle class

Evert-jan Quak | April 29, 2015

New jobs have been created mainly for the lower and the upper segments of the labour market. Can jobs be created for the middle classes without embracing pro...

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Occupational changes that transform the middle class

Enrique  Fernández‐Macías  | 28 April 2015

Occupational change in itself cannot explain the decline of the European middle class. But it could be a threat to its sociopolitical foundations

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The menace of over-indebtedness for the EU’s middle class

Andrea Falanga  | 28 April 2015

After Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the breakdown of financial markets caused significant losses for investors with savings in risky assets.

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Better skills will not save middle-class jobs from automation

Jo Michell | April 28, 2015

As technology advances, automation will affect a growing number of European jobs. The conventional view that better education and skills are the solution wil...

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Dossiers

Middle Class

Middle Class

The state and future of the European middle classes

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Employment

Employment

Creating more and better jobs in a globalized world.

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Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship

The potential to increase the socioeconomic impact of social enterprises

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Inequality

Inequality

Inequality is at the heart of the debate of how to create a more sustainable world.

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