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Rising wealth inequality is one of the greatest challenges of our time – the development has the explosive potential to divide societies of liberal democracies and damage the economy. Martyna Linartas looks at Germany and Mexico. As different as these two countries are, they are currently and globally among the democracies with the highest wealth inequality. They are inheritance societies rather than meritocracies. How can extreme inequality be reduced? Are new legal regulations on inheritance tax sufficient? What role do the (performance) narratives of economic elites play in reducing extreme inequality? Martyna Linartas reflects on these and other questions in the series Meet the Scientist.



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