Lecture 12 - social eco.

Lecture 12 - social eco. - Part III Contrasting countries...

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Unformatted text preview: Part III. Contrasting countries, and thinking about policies Social ecology: Does income inequality really affect health? Income inequality – Key tenets Areas where differences in income between the poorest and richest are greater are more detrimental to health Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett Source: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/resource/the-spirit-level Canada and the U.S. Income inequality – Key tenets Areas where differences in income between the poorest and richest are greater are more detrimental to health Above a certain level of wealth, no further improvements are observed (biologically plausible) Plateau beyond a certain level of wealth “Diminishing returns to population health status with increased absolute income, and above a certain threshold of national income, gains in life expectancy were not related to higher levels of average income” (Ross 2004) http://secure.cihi.ca/cihiweb/dispPage.jsp?cw_page=AR_1172_E Income inequality – Key tenets Areas where differences in income...
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Lecture 12 - social eco. - Part III Contrasting countries...

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