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The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone - Richard G. Wilkinson, Kate E. Pickett
The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better For Everyone
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Shows how almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is; that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off; and, how we can find... show more
Shows how almost everything - from life expectancy to depression levels, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is, but how equal it is; that societies with a bigger gap between rich and poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off; and, how we can find positive solutions and move towards a happier future.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780241954294 (0241954290)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 300
Edition language: English
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XOX
XOX rated it
4.0 The Spirit level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone
Less concrete when compare to "The Price of Inequality" but spread the same message in a different way. Chats and chats and chats that compare why people living in less equality would make them less happy, less trusting. Just started on the first 4 chapters, already like it. Money mean less fo...
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it
5.0 It's not just a nice idea
Compelling presentation of evidence that more equal societies have better health and social outcomes, such as trust, life expectancy, violence and child well-being. These benefits affect all income levels, not only the poorest, and are unrelated to GDP. The authors point out that increasing wealth h...
Admitted Dilettante
Admitted Dilettante rated it
4.0 The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
Not sure what the scatterplots meant if anything, but I would like to trust my fellow citizens. . .
David's 'Clan' Blog
David's 'Clan' Blog rated it
4.0 The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
It took me awhile to finish this because it is not really the kind of book one reads for entertainment. It really is a more academic expose of lots of research that indicates basically that the cause of almost all problems associated with 'Society' are to do with the level of disparity between the r...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it
4.0 The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
Pickett and Wilkinson have put together a very interesting study of the results of income inequality on societies. They examined the wealthiest countries in the world, comparing the top and bottom 20 percent for income, as well as all 50 US states. What they found in their comparisons, which use d...
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