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Jobs with Equality$
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Lane Kenworthy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.001.0001

Why Should We Care About Inequality?

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(p.13) 2 Why Should We Care About Inequality?
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Jobs with Equality
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Lane Kenworthy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.003.0002

This chapter addresses the following questions: why should citizens and policy makers should want low inequality? Why should we object to inequality? Should we focus on equality of opportunity or equality of outcomes? Why not focus on poverty instead? Why emphasize incomes rather than wealth or material wellbeing? It argues that there is good reason to desire low inequality in and of itself — not instead of, but in addition to, high absolute incomes for those at the low end of income distribution.

Keywords:   inequality, poverty, income, wealth

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