Wilkinson 's Income Inequality Hypothesis Essay

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Wilkinson’s Income Inequality Hypothesis Richard Wilkinson opened his Ted talk with the chilling statement, “I think the intuition that inequality is divisive and socially corrosive has been around since before the French Revolution” (Wilkinson). With this line, he states that his hypothesis of the dangers of income equality is not new, but the way we can evaluate the evidence has changed. Now, we can look at the evidence behind this hypothesis, directly see what inequality does to our society, and have the ability to compare them. Wilkinson explains these dangers in his Income Inequality Hypothesis. Wilkinson’s Income Inequality Hypothesis states that societies with more equal distributions of incomes have better health, fewer social problems, including drug abuse, mental illness, teenage pregnancy, and obesity, etc., and are more cohesive than countries with a wider gap between the rich and poor. The differences in outcomes between more and less equal societies are huge and undeniable. Most of these problems are between countries with large income gaps, like the United States, Britain, and Portugal, compared to countries with smaller income gaps, like Japan, and the Nordic countries. Social problems and health problems get worse when there is more inequality within a society while social problems and health problems lessen when there is more equality within a society. Wilkinson’s Income Inequality evaluates how greater income inequality amplifies and intensifies the…

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