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Inequality and Health
How does inequality and health relate? Increasing evidence from scientists the world over indicates that many health outcomes — everything from life expectancy to infant mortality and obesity — can be linked to the level of economic inequality within a given population. Greater economic inequality appears to lead to worse health outcomes.
By greater inequality, epidemiologists — the scientists [...]
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Wealth inequality can be described as the unequal distribution of assets within a population. The United States exhibits wider disparities of wealth between rich and poor than any other major developed nation.
We equate wealth with “net worth,” the sum total of your assets minus your liabilities.
Examples of assets: checking and savings accounts, vehicles, a home that [...]
— By Dave Gilson and Carolyn Perot
HOW RICH ARE THE SUPERRICH?
A huge share of the nation’s economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244.
Note: The 2007 data (the most current) doesn’t reflect the impact [...]