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ERIC Number: EJ920510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Greater Equality: The Hidden Key to Better Health and Higher Scores
Wilkinson, Richard; Pickett, Kate
American Educator, v35 n1 p5-9 Spr 2011
There are now many studies of income inequality and health that compare countries, American states, or other large regions, and the majority of these studies show that more egalitarian societies tend to be healthier. Inequality is associated with lower life expectancy, higher rates of infant mortality, shorter height, poor self-reported health, low birth weight, AIDS, and depression. Knowing this, the authors wondered what else inequality might affect. The authors collected internationally comparable data from dozens of rich countries on health and social problems. Their research shows that reducing inequality would increase the well-being and quality of life for everyone. Far from being inevitable and unstoppable, the deterioration in social well-being and the quality of social relations in society is reversible. Modern societies will depend increasingly on being creative, adaptable, inventive, well-informed, and flexible, able to respond generously to each other and to needs wherever they arise. Those are characteristics not of societies in hock to the rich, in which people are driven by status insecurities, but of populations used to working together and respecting each other as equals. (Contains 3 figures, 1 footnote and 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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