IMF research has shown that both growth and fairly shared gains are vital, with lower income inequality delivering faster and more durable economic improvements. But in too many cases action has failed to follow the evidence, with devastating consequences for working people across the world.
The UK provides a case study of just how broken this economic model is–and why it needs to be fixed. While our labour market recovery has been presented internationally as a runaway success, rising job levels are only half the story. Workers across the UK have now endured years of falling real wages, and underlying rates of pay growth remain very far below their pre-crisis trend. The last five years has been the worst period for UK living standards on historical record. The incomes squeeze has come not only from reduced rates of pay growth.
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