Spirit level

August 6, 2009 at 8:54 pm Leave a comment

by Matthew Horne

Richard Wilkinson argues in this book that inequality in income lies behind most of the social ills in the broken society thesis. Unequal countries (UK, US, Oz, NZ) do much worse on every social problem than more equal countries (Nordic countries, Japan, France, Germany). The charts are overwhelming and his argument is convincing.

I am worried that, while he proves there is a relationship between inequality and social outcomes, he does not prove the direction of causation (as it must be two ways) and he does not compare the contribution of inequality to other factors to weigh it’s  relative importance. He does show that the richer countries are no better off in terms of social problems – which is a powerful comparison.

So, if you are convinced,  what should we do to about it?


Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services, Innovation Worldwide, Local Authorities, Research.

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