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Kalle Moene is a Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Oslo. He is the leader of ESOP (a center for the study of Equality, Social Organization, and Performance). The core of his research activity is the study of inequality in income and wealth in rich and poor countries. He emphasizes the role of economic development, institutions, unions, and welfare states. Poor countries can use equality as a development strategy, he claims, as a lead author in the International Panel of Social Progress. Moene has also argued in favor social reforms with a guaranteed income in the form of a Universal Basic Share to everybody. He has published widely in international journals and received in 2016 the Fritjof Nansen Prize for excellent research.