Sarah’s Stat of the Day, May 29, 2011

In inequality, Poverty, Sarah's Stat of the Day on May 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Equality makes us all feel good. Literally.

According to The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Wilkinson and Pickett, “comparisons of health in different groups of the population in more and less equal societies show that the benefits of greater equality are very widespread,” benefiting not just lower classes but the upper classes of society as well. One incredible statistic cited in this book: The lowest occupational class in Sweden has a lower death rate than the highest social class in England and Wales.  (D. Vagero and O. Lundberg, Health Inequalities in Britain and Sweden, 2 Lancet 35-36 (1989)).


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