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The impacts of inequality show up in poorer health, lower educational attainment, higher crime rates, lower social capital, lower trust, lower co-operation the more unequal the society becomes. Wilkinson and Pickett give us clear evidence for these statements.
For the last twelve years we have endured in the UK a Labour government that preaches equality (then wonders "equality of what?") whilst actually presiding over increasing inequality and reducing social mobility.
Wilkinson and Pickett present their evidence well, in summary and clearly. I have the benefit of having been reading the research work on inequalities over several years so I recognised their evidence. If you need further evidence then you could follow the references, or read some of Wilkinson's The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier earlier works, or Michael Marmot's useful book, "The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity." Their presentation of evidence is strong, and it is difficult after seeing their evidence to argue in favour of greater inequality at all.
Inequality is clearly a bad thing for a society, and its constituent individuals.Read more ›
Among the wealthiest nations, Japan was found to have the least inequality between the wealthiest and poorest, and the US and the UK to have the highest. Rates of such problems as lack of trust between people, mental health issues, teenage pregnancy, school dropout rates and crime were found to be higher along the same continuum as the income inequality scale. The continuum was identical among the 50 US states.
Pickett and Wilkinson found that countries or states which expended more public funds on education and welfare also had lower rates of the problems they studied, which flies in the face of the conventional wisdom that using funds in this fashion creates social problems. They provided some interesting possibilities for relieving the inequality gap, including employee ownership of companies and increase taxation of the super-wealthy.
Overall, this is a fascinating look at the sociology of income equality. The problems in unequal societies were not limited to those at the lower end of the spectrum, as one might expect, but were found all the way across the board. Well worth reading for those with an interest in sociology.
(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)
As a statistician, I would like to comment on the soundness such argumentation: unfortunately virtually all graphs are plagued be a confusion of correlation with causation. The authors typically argue that, since measurements A and B are correlated, either A is causing B, or B is causing A. However, in almost all cases it is easy to find a third factor C that is causing A and B, meaning that the conditional correlation of A and B given C is zero.
(A silly example: Men tend play more computer games than women. Men also tend to be physically stronger than women. Hence, across the population there is a positive correlation between A="the amount of time spent playing computer games", and B="physical strength". But surely nobody would proclaim that playing a lot of computer games makes you physically stronger, or vice versa. In fact, this correlation disappears when controlling for C="gender".)
Figure 7.2 is a prime example of the flawed argumentation in this book. It shows income inequality on the x-axis and obesity rates on the y-axes for various developed countries, together with a regression line that apparently indicates a positive relation between these two quantities.
First of all, the result is entirely driven by a single country, the US.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was very disappointed to find the book crammed with indecipherable graphs.
I feel that so many of these boffins cannot express themselves in any other way. Read more
This is a very impressive and important book. It offers carefully analyzed and interpreted data on on the consequences of income-wealth inequality, and shows that reducing the gap... Read morePublished 4 months ago by full-timer
Excellent book that is packed full of research and statistics to back up the authors's views. It was completely engaging and readable though, which is rare with a book like this. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Taylor Campbell
The Spirit Level is a fantastic book not only because it is so relevant for our time but also because it is so readable. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. A. Anderson
He doesn't know to interpret data. The text is a complete misinterpretation of the graphs.Published 7 months ago by LUIZ SIQUEIRA
Excellent. Should be required reading for everyone in position of power (politicians & businessmen).Published 7 months ago by Mimo
Whether you agree with Wilkinson and Pickett or not, you really should read this book.
This topic is topic is *the* one of the important ones for our age. Read more
This book hit the nail on the head. They had good back for all their hypothesis. I just wish our politicians would read it and take heart.Published 10 months ago by Claire Chase
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