The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone

5 Nov 2013 Professor Kate Pickett, University of York & co-author of ‘The Spirit Level’ Details Comparing life expectancy, mental health, levels of violence, teenage birth rates, drug abuse, child well-being, obesity rates, levels of trust, the educational performance of school children, or the strength of community life among rich countries, it is clear that societies which tend to do well on one of these measures tend to do well on all of them, and the ones which do badly, do badly on all of them. The key is the amount of inequality in each society. The picture is consistent whether we compare rich countries or the 50 states of the USA. The more unequal a society is, the more ill health and social problems it has; too much inequality reduces levels of well-being among the vast majority of the population.