An Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report released last week found that the global economic and financial crisis deepened social inequality. The report found that after taxes, the richest 10 percent of the population of the OECD countries earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 percent in 2010; a number that has increased 9 percent from 2007. The gap is the largest in Chile, Israel, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States; and it is the lowest in Iceland, Slovenia, Norway, and Denmark. OECD countries are high-income economies with a high rating in the Human Development Index (HDI).

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