In an earlier post we reviewed research by epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett showing that income inequality contributes to a whole host of negative outcomes, including higher rates of mental illness, drug use, obesity, infant death, imprisonment, and interpersonal trust.
In the six-minute video below, Kate Pickett talks about how more equal societies are kinder to each other, give more in foreign aid, are less status-conscious, consume less, and even recycle more. Based on this, she argues that reducing inequality within societies is a good strategy towards addressing climate change.
How to increase equality? It turns out there are lots of options.
See Dr. Pickett making similar arguments as to why raising the average national income in developed countries doesn’t make people happier or enable them to live longer, why unequal societies are more violent, and how status inequality increases stress.
And see more about income inequality and national well-being at Equality Trust.Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Anna — March 22, 2012
Can't watch the video:( But checked the website, very interesting argument. Let me preface this by saying I suck at reading charts correctly, so I might be way off - but the placement of Greece on its chart makes me seriously doubt the Trust's accuracy in measuring income inequality.
Guest — March 22, 2012
The third link ("income inequality contributes...") gives me a "This page doesn't exist" error.
SHS — March 25, 2012
It seems that the speaker is equating correlation with causation. Can someone who has had more time to look into her claims confirm or deny that?
PS — March 26, 2012
is there more to this video? She didn't seem to finish her thoughts on "How to increase equality?" The blog post says "It turns out there are lots of options" but didn't hear any.