Does income inequality cause health and social problems? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 22 September 2011

Posted on September 22, 2011. Filed under: Health Status, Public Hlth & Hlth Promotion | Tags: , , |

Does income inequality cause health and social problems? – Joseph Rowntree Foundation – 22 September 2011

Karen Rowlingson

“Should income inequality worry us?

The UK witnessed a dramatic growth in income inequality in the 1980s, and since then the level of inequality has increased further, though at a slower rate. But should we be concerned about this? This report provides an independent review of the evidence about the impact of inequality, paying particular attention to the evidence and arguments put forward in The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett (2009). The research examines:

whether or not there is a link between income inequality and health and social problems;
who might be most affected by income inequality; and
other possible impacts of income inequality, for example, on the economy.”

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