For at least 40 years, research evidence has been accumulating that societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor tend to have worse health and higher homicide rates. More recently, this has been contextualised by observations that more unequal societies not only suffer higher rates of poor health and violence, but also of other outcomes which tend to be worse lower down the social ladder – including teenage births, lower maths and literacy scores, obesity and imprisonment. (1)
Slides from Stewart Lansley's presentation at Local Groups Day 2016.
In A Convenient Truth, a new publication for the Fabian Society, Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett explore how the link 'between economic development and real improvements in quality of life is broken in rich societies' and set out 'a path towards a society that’s better for us and the planet'. Pickett and Wilkinson argue that for real improvements in wellbeing, we need a more equal society, which is best achieved by putting democracy at the heart of the economy.