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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Graeme Kemp

So, OK - everything should be fair! Fair enough, I guess...

But - "fairness" matters most when it comes to income inequality. The reason is that inequality impacts most areas of life.

For instance, more egalitarian societies tend to have better physical and mental health, as well as higher levels of trust between people. More equal societies usually also have better social mobility - and lower levels of violence.

Educational outcomes also seem to be improved in more equal nations.

All this was revealed by Richard Wilkinson in his two books: 'The Impact of Inequality' and 'Unhealthy Societies'. Both explain the negative impact of inequality using good, hard facts from around the world.

So fine -let's talk about "fairness" - but let's tackle the issue of income and wealth inequality first, as part of this wider agenda.

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