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Deborah Hardoon

Deborah Hardoon

Deborah is the Deputy Head of Oxfam GB's Research Team and works on issues related to economic and social justice. Her current work involves data analysis, constructing indices and analysing quantitative and qualitative data, particularly in the context of inequality.

Looking at the future: a father holds his daughter as he stands on a site from which local residents have recently been evicted to make way for new developments, close to luxury apartments in North Jakarta, Indonesia. Credit: Tiara Audina / Oxfam

Can a new Index measure whether governments are serious about reducing inequality?

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Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research at Oxfam GB, needs your help with an ambitious new Index on reducing inequality. Tell us what you think in this 5 minute survey As a researcher working on inequality, there are plenty of data and statistics for me to analyse, model and generate ‘killer stats’ from. Of course, there are many data gaps, …

The beach in downtown Monrovia, Liberia, December 2015. Credit: Tommy Trenchard / Oxfam

Have economists got Africa wrong?

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Deborah Hardoon, Oxfam’s Deputy Head of Research, kicks off a new series of book reviews for those who want to delve deeper into development and humanitarian issues, beginning with Africa: Why Economists Get It Wrong by Morten Jerven. Book Banter Are you looking for some inspiring reading? Short on time or don’t know where to begin? Oxfam’s researchers review their latest …

8 billionaires own the same wealth was the poorest 3.6 billion people

Extreme inequality and the push for an alternative future

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Deborah Hardoon introduces our new report, ‘An Economy for the 99%‘ and argues that extreme inequality and a crisis in economics have created the appetite for an alternative vision for the future. erd Alert. As a student of economics, I always found the technical aspects of the subject deeply satisfying. Getting to the ‘right’ answer using algebra and statistics, solving …

An Economy for the 99%

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Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces our new report ‘An Economy for the 99%’, revealing that just 8 billionaires own the same amount of wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. In this extended version of her Vlog, she outlines how Oxfam compiled this shocking statistic, how the data was researched and explains why Oxfam studies wealth.

Validity and reliability

The politics of inequality; who is measuring what and why?

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Our latest real geek instalment explores different measurements of inequality and how our understanding of the data they produce is crucial to the issue as a whole. here is no one ‘right’ way to measure anything. That’s what measurement is; one way to quantify out of many.  There can of course be a wrong way and plenty of statisticians work …

Tondo slum in Manila, Philippines, 2014

Inequality and violence

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In this blog Deborah Hardoon explores the wider social impact of inequality, and in particular the relationship between inequality and violence. At Oxfam, I have focused my research on the evidence behind our global campaign on inequality, which highlights the trend of extreme and rising inequality. At the global level, we found that 62 individuals have the same amount of …

The Isle of Shady, a pop-up tax haven set up near South Bank , London

Fortunes for the fortunate – all 62 of them

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The gap between the richest and the poorest in the world is growing at an alarming rate. In the run up to the World Economic Forum Deborah Hardoon, Deputy Head of Research, introduces Oxfam’s latest inequality data and shares her personal reflections from two years of work on these shocking statistics. wo years ago, Oxfam made headlines when we crunched …