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Why inequality in America is even worse than you thought - U.S. Economy - Salon.com - 0 views

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    A new study shows economic and social conditions in the U.S. rank near the bottom of the developed nations
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Study: Income Inequality Kills Economic Growth | Mother Jones - 0 views

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    "Countries where income was more equally distributed tended to have longer growth spells," says economist Andrew Berg, whose study appears in the current issue of Finance & Development, the quarterly magazine of the International Monetary Fund.
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Talk - Richard Wilkinson & Kate Pickett - Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger... - 0 views

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    Talk by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett co-authors of "The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger" recorded January 8, 2010 at Hogness Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle.
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The Nonprofit Quarterly | @npquarterly | As Income Inequality Rises in U.S., Society Su... - 0 views

  • This study, however, not only sheds new light on patterns of income distribution, but also explores whether differences in county level per capita income are associated with other social issues. The authors conclude that the correlations are striking, and that rising income inequality therefore needs far more attention from policy makers.
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    Far more attention needed indeed!
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The States With The Worst Income Inequality - 24/7 Wall St. - 0 views

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    Florida is the 7th most unequal state in the country, as measured by the Gini Coefficient of inequality. 7. Florida> Gini Coefficient: 0.469> Median Income: $45,631 (15th Lowest)> Households Earning $200,000+: 3.08% (20th Highest)> Population Living Below Poverty Line: 14.90% (18th Highest) Although Florida has only the 18th-largest percentage of its population living in poverty in the country, that share is growing quickly.  From 2007 to 2009, the poverty rate increased from 12.1% to 14.9%, a growth of 550,000 people.  In comparison, the national rate increased from 12.5% to 14.3% over the same period.  Additionally, almost 1.2 million of the 2.7 million impoverished Florida residents live in "deep poverty," defined by the US Census Bureau as households with incomes of 50% or less of the federal poverty level.  That amounts to $5,478 a year for an individual.  Recent tax breaks have been aimed at the wealthy, however. In 2007, both the state's annual intangibles tax and the estate tax were eliminated.  "Florida is a low tax state, but not for those living in poverty," reports the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.
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Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% | Society | Vanity Fair - 0 views

  • But one big part of the reason we have so much inequality is that the top 1 percent want it that way.
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    In our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation's income-an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.
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It's the Inequality, Stupid | Mother Jones - 0 views

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    Disturbing graphs on economic inequality that paint a clear picture of the winners and losers of the last 5 decades. 
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PsySR: Statement on Poverty and Inequality - 1 views

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    Poverty is the single greatest threat to individual human development and it simultaneously creates profound social disruption in the United States and around the world. Unless institutions and citizens take steps now to reduce and prevent poverty--and the growing inequality that deepens and widens its damaging repercussions--we will face a nightmarish future that can be measured in untold numbers of destroyed lives, communities, and institutions.
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The Great Divergence and the decline of labor. (1) - By Timothy Noah - Slate Magazine - 1 views

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    Compelling multi-part series at Slate.com investigating inequality in the US
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412101-state-of-society.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 1 views

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    "A new study from the Urban Institute identifies 14 categories of national well-being to examine how society and the economy are faring. The report, The State of Society: Measuring Economic Success and Human Well-Being, looks beyond gross domestic product to provide a more comprehensive picture of national well-being. It examines 79 indicators in categories such as poverty, health, education, employment, income and wealth, and shelter. The study, based on a review of existing research, proposes that new measures of well-being examine the state of all segments of society, including women, children, the elderly and racial and other minorities."
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Fair Society Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review - 2 views

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    Many of the recommendations in Fair society, healthy lives have been made in previous reports on health inequalities. I was part of the Marmot review team for a few months and we made a conscious decision not to make a long list of recommendations addressing every single aspect of health inequalities. Instead what the report seeks to do differently is to present health inequalities as a question of fairness and encourage all parts of society to play their part. Health inequalities are traditionally regarded as a problem for the NHS but as this report argues (reflecting the 1998 Acheson report) the NHS is but one player in this task.

    Tackling health inequalities means addressing the social determinants of health - those factors that shape health and wellbeing such as social environments, the housing and neighbourhoods where people live, education, income, standard of living, occupation and working conditions. Clearly the NHS cannot tackle these issues alone, central and local government departments, the third and private sectors as well as individuals themselves have a role to play.

    The report makes six wide-ranging recommendations. The primary recommendation is to give every child the best start in life. This means supporting Sure Start programmes, maternity services and parenting programmes so they can better deliver their services to those most in need. A great deal of evidence demonstrates that these programmes lead to long-term improvements in health and education outcomes - cutting these programmes would reverse the progress made in the last 10-15 years.

    Another recommendation is to create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities. Those working in planning, transport, housing or environment departments need to work with their colleagues in public health to plan and develop joint strategies and outcomes. The quality of parks, the number of take-aways in an area, road safety - all of these decisions influence how we live our lives and
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Eurozine - The killing fields of inequality - Göran Therborn - 1 views

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    "Increasing social distance between the poorest and the richest diminishes social cohesion, which in turn means more collective problems and fewer resources for solving all our other collective problems." Göran Therborn on why inequality matters.
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BBC NEWS | Health | No change in health gap from 1900 - 0 views

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    The link between poverty and early death is as strong today as it was a century ago, a study shows.
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