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CGD works to reduce the enormous and growing gaps between the richest and poorest countries and to increase the recognition of the social and economic costs of extreme inequality within countries. The Center’s extensive work in these and related areas—including the inequality dimensions of such issues as global health, education, trade, and migration, among others—contributes to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide.

CGD president Nancy Birdsall leads CGD’s work on the causes and effects of inequality. Her extensive work in this area includes the popular syllabus:  What to Read: Inequality and Development in a Globalizing World.

CGD also co-hosts the Globalization and Inequality Group (GLIG), an invitation-only forum jointly chaired by Birdsall and Carol Graham, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. The forum meets about four times a year.

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