Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson

The Inner Level

Economics/
Tue 06 November 2018

Richard Wilkinson

The Inner Level

Richard Wilkinson
Tue 06 November 2018,

Why is the incidence of mental illness in the UK twice that in Germany? Why are Americans three times more likely than the Dutch to develop gambling problems? Why is child well-being so much worse in New Zealand than Japan? The answer to all of these questions hinges on inequality. In The Spirit Level Richard Wilkinson (with Kate Pickett) put inequality at the centre of public debate by showing conclusively that less equal societies fare worse than more equal ones across everything from education to life expectancy. Now Wilkinson explains how inequality affects us individually, how it alters how we think, feel and behave. He sets out the overwhelming evidence that material inequalities have powerful psychological effects and he challenges the idea that humans are innately competitive and self-interested. Shedding light on many of the most urgent problems facing us today, he lays out the path towards a fairer society.

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