OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE)

The OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality (COPE) is a 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.

Its single most important comparative advantage is OECD’s experience with policy-focused analysis and policy advice and the availability of relevant fora in which policy options and recommendations to promote opportunity and equality can be discussed with national policy makers and other relevant stakeholders, such as the private sector and trade unions, and NGOs.

Why inequality matters


Why Europe Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Inequality

Income inequality has been growing in many European and other advanced economies in recent decades, a pattern that threatens the very fabric of our social, economic, and political systems.

The numbers are troubling not only because high inequality is harmful to social cohesion but also because it hinders long-term growth as people at the low end of income distribution — the bottom 40 percent — cannot invest adequately in education and health for themselves or their children. This tends to make inequality self-perpetuating from one generation to the next. Read more...


By Stefano Scarpetta, Director, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

28 February 2017


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How’s Life? Here's the story...

New data in the OECD’s latest How’s Life? report expose deep divisions in our society. Where we were born, our education, our age, our gender and our income are crucial factors affecting well-being and opportunity.

What does the Centre offer?

  • High-quality reports on inequalities:
    The Centre for Opportunity and Equality has a unique capacity to produce and coordinate cross-country and cross-sectoral policy analysis and data on a range of socio-economic inequalities including wealth, employment, education, health and access to public services, as well as across people with different characteristics, such as gender, age or socio-economic background. The Centre also draws on expertise from across the Organisation to help countries address the key challenges posed by the rise in inequalities.

  • High-impact events that help to shape the international policy debate:
    As part of the Inclusive Growth Initiative, the OECD Centre for Opportunity and Equality organises a series of high-level events and seminars with international speakers – policy makers, academics and social organisations – to discuss key policy issues and initiatives addressing different dimensions of inequality. It also partners with other research centres and organisations to organise joint events.

  • Exchanges of information & expertise on inequality:
    The Centre for Opportunity and Equality hosts visiting researchers as well as experts from research centres and public administrations to contribute to and learn from the OECD work on opportunity and equality. It also interacts with the Inclusive Growth Advisory Group of international experts on inequalities and inclusive growth.


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