How Economic Inequality Harms Societies

Mark Page, 2015 Jan 17
The relationship between inequality and social problems is almost uncontested

For the world’s developed, wealthy societies, overwhelming evidence tells us that it is not GDP per head that tells us if we are living the good life. Rather, it is how equally (or not) we share the money.

David Cameron and Ed Milliband agree that this is a real phenomenon backed by solid scientific evidence.

Here is Richard Wilkinson, a co-founder of the Equality Trust, giving a user-friendly summary of the evidence that we can all understand: “How economic inequality harms societies“.

The really worrying thing is that inequality is getting worse as we see wealth bloat in the very top elite of earners. It is not just scientists that are worried. The internet multi-millionaire, Nick Hanauer is deeply concerned for the future of our society: “Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming“.

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