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Changing Inequalities in Rich CountriesAnalytical and Comparative Perspectives$
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Wiemer Salverda, Brian Nolan, Daniele Checchi, Ive Marx, Abigail McKnight, István György Tóth, and Herman van de Werfhorst

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687435.001.0001

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Social Impacts: Health, Housing, Intergenerational Mobility

Social Impacts: Health, Housing, Intergenerational Mobility

(p.169) 7 Social Impacts: Health, Housing, Intergenerational Mobility
Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries

Abigail McKnight

Frank Cowell

Oxford University Press

The connections between inequality and social outcomes are complex; there may be several causal mechanisms and in some instances the causal link is in the reverse direction: This chapter focuses on reviewing the analytical evidence on the possible ways in which the impact of inequality is transmitted onto outcomes in health, housing and intergenerational mobility; things that principally characterise people’s well-being in the long term. The channels through which the impacts of inequality occur may be principally economic, or they may involve social and psychological effects. In all three areas the authors find evidence that inequality has a negative association at least in terms of cross-country variation. What remains is the more challenging task of identifying and quantifying a link between rising inequality and worsening outcomes.

Keywords:   inequality, impacts of inequality, housing, health effects, intergenerational mobility, well-being

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