Ulighed i det danske samfund: Inequality in the danish society

Mathias Bo Pedersen, Simon Oxbøll, Michael Petersen, Marcus Heiberg & Mads Gluud

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The basis of this paper has been the rising income inequality which has been highlighted by the media as well as in the new study Capital in the twenty-first century by Thomas Piketty. Through our work with this inequality we raise the following problem: How does income inequality effect the danish society?. Therborn attempts to describe the complexity and interconnected nature of inequality. We disassemble his definition in an attempt to examine the singular components of inequality. Throughout this paper we reconstruct this definition of inequality in order to answer our problem. In an effort to answer this problem we employ an inductive research method in which we utilize the gini-coefficient, which illustrates the rising inequality. In order to facilitate this approach we utilize a quantitative research method, which we will approach in a qualitive manner, since we take an interprative approach to the data we collect. In order to collect the most reliable sources we utilize the snowball-method. In order to attain an interactionary effect in our methologic work, we oppose our primary theoreticists. In this manner, Friedman is in order to represent the normative ideal defined by the mainstream economical thought, to which Piketty acts as a critical counterpart. The foundation on which our theories and empirical evidence provide, enables this paper to conclude that the rising inequality in income, is a product of political initiatives, with the purpose of creating economic growth. This particular purpose is based on the economic thought, set forth by mainstream capitalism. The relationship between economic growth and income inequality, is explored by Piketty with his thesis, which states that when r > g income inequality rises. On this basis, the inequality in income, which is observable in Denmark, is discussed with the purpose of answering the problem of this paper. The answer to this problem is founded in the theory set forth by Wilkinson and Pickett along with the relevant empirical evidence. The conclusion stated on the basis of this report, consists of the negative consequences which inequality in income has on the Danish society. With this conclusion, this paper attempts to extrapolate the results to other western capitalistic countries, as the US.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2014
VejledereJane Widtfeldt Meged


  • Danmark
  • Økonomisk ulighed
  • Ulighed
  • Kritik
  • Kritisk teori
  • Kapitalisme
  • Samfund