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The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better - Community Reviews back

by Richard G. Wilkinson, Kate E. Pickett
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Hol rated it 6 months ago
I’d picked up The Spirit Level at some point last year, but hadn’t actually got around it reading it. When I heard one of the authors was hosting a local event, as part of a festival of ideas and politics I decided now was the time to read it. The Spirit Level attempts to relate income inequality ...
XOX rated it 5 years ago
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 6 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 7 years ago
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 10 years ago
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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