What even is just? Who is earning how much? Who possess what kind of wealth and who receives support from the government?

Questions like these are the matter of heated debates, no matter whether the they are carried out publicly, politically or privately. Questions of wealth distributions are paramount to such debates which aim find a fair or necessary amount of equality.

Interview with Jakob Kappeler regarding the summer academy on Radio FRO



19.-20. Juni 2015


Central, Landstraße 36, 4020 Linz


Arguments for the alleged necessity of inequality are manifold. May it be different capabilities, presumed “natural” biological differences, or the social and cultural background of a person, the result is always the same: Whoever stands up for equality among individuals is confronted with being called naïve or one sided. Especially referring to certain practical constraints of economic necessity or rational is a fundamental technique in such discussions. However, such constraints prevent a constructive discussion of distribution issues from taking place.

The importance and implications of the increase of inequality that empirical data shows, however, is a matter of discussion: on the one hand, inequality as seen as a fundamental prerequisite of the division of labour. On the other hand, increasing inequality is seen as one of the main causes of the current financial and economic crisis. Moreover, it is seen as counterproductive to establishing a socially stable society with satisfied citizens.

Against this background it is the aim of the 2015 summer academy to create a new platform to discuss distributional issues of capitalism. Doing so, the issue is not only discussed from an economist's perspective but also from others that aim to describe the social and political consequences of economic inequality.

As every year, it will be possible to discuss these issues with experts and tackle these questions in a variety of workshops to find hands on solutions.

Cooperation partners

The summer academy of the Institute for Comparative Analysis of the Economy is organised in cooperation with the following partners


  • Arbeiterkammer Oberösterreich
  • ATTAC-Oberösterreich
  • Grüne Bildungswerkstatt
  • Katholische Sozialakademie Österreichs
  • Katholischer ArbeitnehmerInnenbewegung Oberösterreich
  • Marie Jahoda-Otto Bauer-Institut
  • Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund Oberösterreich, Bereich Bildung und Zukunftsfragen
  • Radio FRO
  • Rennerinstitut Oberösterreich