As part of its All on  Board  for  Inclusive Growth Initiative, the OECD has created the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality, a new platform for promoting and conducting policy – oriented research on the trends, causes and consequences of inequalities in society and the economy, and a forum to discuss how policies can best address such inequalities.

Today, October 26, 2015  was marked by the official launch of the Centre for Opportunity and Equality at the OECD  HQters  in PARIS.

The Center will produce high – quality reports on inequalities, influence the international policy debate through high – impacts events, promote exchanges of information and expertise on inequality.

Key contacts in charge of the Centre for Opportunity and Equality at OECD as follows : Gabriela Ramos – Special Counsellor to the OECD Secretary – General, Chief of Staff and Sherpa – ( Picture on front page ) , Stefano Scarpetta – Director, Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs – , Mark Pearson – Deputy Director, Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs -, Monika Queisser – Head of Special Policy Division, Directorate of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs -, Lamia Kamal – Chaoui – Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary – General, Coordinator of the Inclusive Growth Initiative and Knowledge – Sharing Alliance, Martine Durand – Chief Statistician and Director, Statistics Directorate, Marco Mira d’Ercole – Head of Household Statistics and Measuring Progress Division, Statistics Directorate.

For the time being, what should be kept in mind when it comes to inequality and income, inequality and wealth, inequality and gender, inequality and tax, inequality and growth , inequality, skills and education, inequality and health, inequality and innovation, inequality among regions can be summarized as follows :

1. The richest 10% earn almost 10 times the income of the poorest 10% in OECD countries and much more in emerging countries…this was 7 times in the 80′s, and 8 times in the 90′s.

2. It’s about jobs. A third of the OECD workers are non – standard workers…this implies poore pay, lower access to training, more job strain and lower social protection.

3. It’s not only about poverty, it is about the bottom 40%. The bottom 40% owns 3% of the wealth. The top 10% owns 50% of the wealth.

4. As inequality rises, social mobility is lowered. Poorer families struggle to access quality education. Less inequality creates more opportunities and strengthens long term economic growth.