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Measuring economic inequality in today’s world

CORE’s free online course introducing learners to economic, health, and education inequality, and to quantitative tools to measure it.

Measuring economic inequality in today’s world is CORE’s first online course on FutureLearn. Created by CORE’s Eileen Tipoe, who co-authored Doing Economics and Economy, Society, and Public Policy, this online course provides learners with a historical overview of the evolution of economic inequality over the past millennium, and introduces them to quantitative tools to measure it with real-world data. The course also explores issues of inequality in health and education, and its measurement.

Learners can complete this course on their own, or as part of a CORE module they are studying, since it comes with many of CORE’s usual teaching features:

  • data charts
  • content from The EconomyEconomy, Society, and Public Policy,
  • summary questions with immediate feedback.

We recommend 4 weeks to complete this course. This is a great opportunity for learners to enhance their economic and quantitative skills. At the end of the course, learners can obtain a University College London (UCL) certificate of achievement by upgrading their FutureLearn account.


FutureLearn is an online educational platforms offering courses on several subjects, created by partner universities – including University College London (UCL), the university partner for Measuring economic inequality in today’s world.