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Should the government promote marriages among the disadvantaged?

Perhaps the most socially divisive question in post welfare reform America has been whether the federal government should encourage unmarried parents to wed. The Bush administration plowed hundreds of millions of dollars into its Healthy Marriage Initiative, a program that … Continue reading

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Reconsidering the Link Between SES and Health in Whitehall

The Whitehall studies followed two cohorts of British civil servants over several decades and found a strong and steep gradient between higher occupational category and a range of mental and physical health outcomes. Much of the literature on Whitehall focuses … Continue reading

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Inequality of the will

(Apologies for the lack of recent posts while I was ill – we’re back to our normal schedule now!) Among the oldest of old political battles, liberals and conservatives have constantly sparred over the causes of poverty – whether it … Continue reading

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A few things that inequality causes

Of the endless stream of papers that flash in front of my eyes every week, a large number are ‘Spirit Level style’ – that is, they look at the relationship of inequality and a ‘bad thing’ between countries/areas. If I … Continue reading

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Bad Kids or Bad Environments?

Consider a ten-year-old child. He is being raised by a single mother who drinks at night and shouts frequently at her three children. They live in a bad neighborhood, and the kids attend a tough school. In the classroom, the … Continue reading

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Beyond ‘Child Poverty’

It may seem perverse to start criticising the idea of ‘child poverty’. Looking back over Tony Blair’s years in office, there’s nothing more surprising or welcome than his call to ‘end child poverty, and it will take a generation’. New Labour … 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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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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The rise and fall of a killer chart

No single graph has captured the political imagination quite like Leon Feinstein’s killer chart.  In one go, it showed that talent was no substitute for parental advantage even at early ages – and has since been endlessly used to justify … Continue reading

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Who Learns in the Summer?

When you’re a kid, nothing beats the delirious excitement of summer vacation. After the final school bell rings in mid June, or thereabout, millions of American schoolchildren trade the books and stuffy classrooms for lounging around the house and the … Continue reading

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