Friday, 22 November 2013

Try this three-question quiz

Question 1
What happened to income inequality across the OECD between the mid-1990s and 2010?
A. Inequality increased
B. Inequality stayed the same
C. Inequality decreased

Question 2
What happened to income inequality in New Zealand between the mid 1990s and 2010?
A. Inequality increased
B. Inequality stayed the same
C. Inequality decreased

Question 3
Income inequality in New Zealand between the mid 1990s and 2010...
A. Started lower than in the OECD as a whole, and increased to higher than in the OECD as a whole
B. Started lower than in the OECD as a whole, and increased to much the same as in the OECD as a whole
C. Started higher than in the OECD as a whole, and increased to even higher than in the OECD as a whole
D. Started higher than in the OECD as a whole, and decreased to much the same as in the OECD as a whole
E. Followed some track other than A, B, C or D



How'd you go?

I'm guessing that many folks would pick A, A, and A. Especially as it's almost taken for granted that (a) internationally, inequality must have increased due to ever more grotesque remuneration at the top end of the income scale, and to pressure on lower-wage jobs from competition from Third World non-OECD countries at the lower end of the income scale, and (b) in New Zealand, all of the above, plus the Employment Contracts Act was getting into full swing.

The actual answers, however, are B, C and D.

Here's my source.


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