Our “Spirit Level” and Inequality

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Our “Spirit Level” and Inequality

Postby KeithE » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:36 am

A good companion to Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century is The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better written in 2009 by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. It provides a discussion of several national qualities of life measures and how it relates to the degree of income inequality in a country.

Please look at these 12 plots showing correlations between 12 factors (y-axis) and income inequality (x-axis) with 23 “developed” countries. The twelve factors compared to income inequality are:
Foreign Aid
Child Wellbeing
Teenage Birth Rate
Homicide
Social Mobility
Obesity
Imprisonment
Education
Drug Use
Mental Illness
Infant Mortality
Health and Social Issues (list given)

While direct causation is difficult to prove, factors that have high correlations often vary together vs time feeding off each other.

The US scores the 2nd highest in income inequality (Singapore greater).
The US scores the worst (what most people would say is worse) in 8 out of the 12 factors (of the 4 that we were not worst on, 2 we were very close to being the worst).

Care to guess where we are not near the bottom? - no peeking.
Want to bring up other factors where the US might not fair so badly? Please do - bring DATA.

I have not given up on America but neither am I in denial of these facts. And I’m advocating massive change.
Informed by Data.
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Promoting the Kingdom of GOD on Earth.
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Re: Our “Spirit Level” and Inequality

Postby KeithE » Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:46 am

No comments huh.

Can you call up the 12 plots? Are ya’ll downfounded? Cognitive dissonance? Don’t want to wade into an argument? So patriotic you can’t be critical and reforming? Or just not interested?

There is a countering book The Spirit Level Delusion by Snowden (no relation).

I don’t have either book yet but will likely get both of them at some point.
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