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The Spirit Level by Richard G. Wilkinson
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Dec 31, 2011

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bookshelves: public-health, political-sciences
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I am still wrestling with my reaction to this book which has gained a great deal of attention in the UK, World Bank and UN - basically, it claims to show that above an income of $10,000, that life expectancy does not improve and that inequality in income in a country leads to a host of ills - virtually all ills we decry in society - crime, illness, obesity, unwed pregnancies, school drop outs, drugs..... It needs to be read with the companion book The Spirit Level Delusion and the various web site commentaries. Basically, I think this analysis is too simplistic, using only single linear regressions analysis that tries to attribute anything to one measure of inequality. the critical reviews point out that the author 'cherry picks' countries to include or exclude and by throwing out a single point, can affect the slope of the curve - most if it shows random distribution to my analysis.

see my review of the delusion if you decide to read this one

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