Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas break

We won’t be updating the blog over the Christmas break – but we’ll be back from Monday 3rd January, so start checking out the site again from then (or let us tell you when we’re back, by subscribing through email/Facebook/Twitter … Continue reading

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200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

We talk here and there on this blog about nice ways of visualizing inequality. Here is a nice four minute BBC video with Swedish academic Hans Rosling who provides a narrative presentation of the life expectancy and income graph across … Continue reading

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Graduates, fees and welfare in Britain and Sweden

Graduates’ protests against rising higher education fees have revealed a sleepy discontent about the impact of loans on students’ welfare, despite Timo‘s arguments in their favour. In this post, I compare loans for HE in Britain and Sweden, arguing that British system … Continue reading

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Male ego as a cause of the gender pay gap

It’s the sort of research finding that seems perfectly designed for one of those free newspapers you can pick up in big cities: ‘women shy away from competitive workplaces’.  And it’s partly true – a great new real-life experiment does … Continue reading

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The Tax Deal with Republicans — Cui Bono?

There’s been a lot of hemming and hawing on the American left about President Obama’s deal to extend tax cuts for the rich (the Bush tax cuts) and the estate tax in exchange for tax credits for working families and … Continue reading

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Above-Ground Rationing

Consider two medical interventions: With the first, you can save 100 people’s lives at a total cost of $4.5 million ($45,000 per life saved). With the second, you can save 33 people’s lives at a total cost of $20 million … Continue reading

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Will human rights have their day in Bangladesh?

In a guest post, Claire Leigh offers a  personal reflection on the struggle by some the most disadvantaged people in Bangladesh to fight for their human rights. Most posts on Inequalities engage with questions of poverty and social inequality in … Continue reading

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Who in their Right Mind Takes Out a Payday Loan?

There are not many easy ways for people with bad credit and few assets to get cash quickly, but payday lenders are one of them. The business model for payday lending is remarkably simple. A person borrows a sum of … Continue reading

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Inequalities round-up

Since there’s far more inequality-related research in the world than we can write about, we’ll occasionally just signpost things that we’ve stumbled across.  Today’s round-up includes Canadian and Chinese inequality trends, redefining poverty as a problem of parenting, and ‘whether … Continue reading

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Britain is failing its children – again

There’s a time-honoured tradition of getting headlines by putting countries in a league table.  This week it was the turn of UNICEF’s report on inequality in child well-being, which showed the UK struggling in lower mid-table obscurity – and with the US, … Continue reading

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