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The most up to date research on the costs of economic inequality.
Community life and social relations
Inequality is a social divider. It reduces rates of trust and encourages a ‘us vs. them’ mentality, thus, breaking down social ties and cohesion.
Mental health and drug use
The negative effects of inequality on mental health and drug use have been widely proven, both with potentially detrimental, long-lasting effects of individuals’ lives. Illegal drugs use is more common in less equal societies.
Physical health and life expectancy
Physical health is poorer and life expectancy, including for infants, is shorter in countries with bigger income differences between the rich and the poor.
Obesity: wider income gaps, wider waists
Obesity rates are significantly higher in more unequal societies. The US, for example, has one of highest rates of inequality and also obesity, at almost 40%.
Educational scores are closely linked to income inequality.
Teenage births: recycling deprivation
Women of a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to give birth as a teenager in more unequal places.
Violence: gaining respect
The most well-established cause of high levels of violence is the scale of economic inequality.
Imprisonment and punishment
Income inequality is linked to higher prisoner rates and harsher punishments.
Social mobility: unequal opportunities
Intergenerational mobility is harshly affected by inequality and income differences lock societies' social structures.
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