The National Equality Panel’s report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK provided a milestone in our understanding of relationships between people’s characteristics and their financial position. Through detailed analysis of complex datasets, some newly available, it charted in depth how ‘inequalities in people’s economic outcomes – such as earnings, income and wealth – are related to their characteristics and circumstances – such as gender, age or ethnicity.’
The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales decided there should be a similar, detailed study of inequalities in Wales and that it commissioned the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) to lead and co-ordinate the production of the report An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales. The findings provided a Wales specific analysis or evidence base. The data considered both the overall level of economic inequalities and the inequality that exists both between and within sub-groups of the Welsh population.
An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales set out outcomes in education, employment, earnings, income, poverty and wealth in Wales in comparison to other areas of the UK. The data analysis compared outcomes by gender, age, ethnicity, religion, disability and housing tenure. Some key findings from the report are as follows.
The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.
Due to the volume of data included in the analytical report, it was not feasible to publish the data used to create the charts within the report. The excel files available below hold the data and versions of the charts from the main analytical chapters (Chapters 2-6). In each file, labelled to indicate to which part of the main report it refers, there are both charts and the data used to create them. Each excel workbook has a list of contents in the first worksheet and links that take users to the selected chart or table. Please refer to the main report for further explanation.
Chapter 2: Educational Outcomes in Wales
Chapter 3: Employment in Wales
Chapter 4: Earnings in Wales
Chapter 5: Income, Poverty and Wealth in Wales
Chapter 6: The Positions of Different Groups in Wales: A cross-cutting summary and conclusions
A launch event for An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in Wales took place at Cardiff Universty on the 12th May 2011. The event was chaired by Professor Teresa Rees and included presentations from Kate Bennett, the National Director for Wales at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and from authors of the report. The presentations made by the report authors are available for download below. A four page flyer produced by the EHRC to accompany the launch event is also available.
As part of the WISERD Civil Society Seminar series, Tom Jones OBE presents an insider’s perspective on the role of civil society organizations in policy-making in Wales, the UK and Europe.
As part of the WISERD Centre for Welsh Politics and Society Seminar Series, Dr Taulant Guma from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University presents emerging findings from the WISERD/Civil Society project on ‘Migrants, Minorities and Engagement in Local Civil Society’.