Monthly Archives: August 2011

No posts on Inequalities this week

This week Inequalities Blog is on holiday (for the first time since it was set up a year ago!). But we’ll be back into our regular cycle of posts from next week, starting on Tuesday 6th September. Ben & Brendan

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Most American Households Have Tight Budgets

Congressional Republicans who favor raising taxes on the rich to reduce the deficit are harder to find these days than salad at a state fair. One argument that is commonly made is that we cannot expect the rich to pay … Continue reading

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How generational inequality helped set England’s cities alight

In a guest post, Craig Berry argues that we need to look at intergenerational relations – including the capture of wealth by the baby boomers – to truly understand the London riots. England’s riots expose an inconvenient truth: Britain has become a highly unequal … Continue reading

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It Starts with the Bank and Ends in the ER

How do economic downturns affect population health? In several groundbreaking papers Chris Ruhm showed that some health outcomes actually improved during the recessions of the previous three decades: people smoked and drank less, they stayed off the roads leading to … Continue reading

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Does money buy happiness?

Whenever research questions are embroiled in personal debates about the way to live a good life, then you know that you’re about to witness a scrap. And if that wasn’t enough for a robust fight, then the money-happiness link speaks … Continue reading

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Does Income Inequality Cause Poor Health?

Paul Kelleher caught some flack for a blog post last week in which he approvingly cited a 2003 study by Angus Deaton and Darren Lubotsky (DL) that supposedly refutes the idea that income inequality causes poor health. I was curious. … Continue reading

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Riots and the endless chatter

It’s hard to write about anything else today. The papers full of images of buildings and cars burning, reports of looting scattered across London and in other cities besides, police and blue tape everywhere. Last night I saw youths – … Continue reading

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New York City Wants to Solve Poverty, Will it Work?

Anti-poverty successes are celebrated nationally, but how quickly we forget the failures. Does anybody remember the New York City conditional cash transfer program for poor families, Opportunity NYC? The program, which supporters hoped would help to change the behaviors of … Continue reading

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National Salary Insurance – the wrong solution to the right problem

It’s become fashionable among the British left to describe social security as broken – a cornerstone of the original welfare state that not only has lost its political support, but now actively causes worklessness and ‘dependency’.  In a revealing sign … Continue reading

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