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Public health expert Richard Wilkinson surveyed social and economic data from across the globe and discovered a startling pattern: Countries with the largest income inequality experience more severe social and health problems than nations with a narrow inequality gap. Wilkinson presents plentiful examples, hammering his message home. His provocative presentation identifies the root cause of society’s ills, which is the first step in eradicating these evils. getAbstract recommends his findings to social activists and social policy makers who strive for a fairer world.

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Public health researcher Richard Wilkinson wrote The Spirit Level and co-founded The Equality Trust, a nonprofit that aims to reduce income inequality through education and public engagement.



Mapping developed nations’ wealth against the life expectancy of their citizens reveals no pattern between the input data; richer nations don’t necessarily enjoy longer lives. But wealth statistics within countries identify a clear relationship that is persistent across societies. For example, in England and Wales, the wealthiest citizens live longest, and life expectancy shrinks as wealth diminishes. Why does this correlation exist within, but not among, states? Because data within countries reveal “relative income” – that is, “where we are in relation to each other and the size of the gaps...

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    S. Z. 4 years ago
    Very thought provoking, wonder if there is a correlation between economic inequality and the current political far right movements...