Two things caught our attention this week.
First off, Nobel prize-winning Economist Angus Deaton launched a review into inequality.
Secondly, it’s been UK mental health awareness week.
These two topics are directly related.
Ten years ago, academic couple Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett published their best-selling book The Spirit Level. In it they lay numerous societal ills, ranging from higher violent crime rates to low economic productivity, all at the feet of one beast – inequality.
But their follow-up, published last year, argues that the devastation wreaked by inequality goes even further. The Inner Level outlines how more unequal societies also suffer from worsening psychological health on top of poorer physical wellbeing. With the US and UK topping the charts with populations who suffer more from a range of mental health issues including chronic stress,…