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Why Should We Care About Inequality?

Lane Kenworthy

in Jobs with Equality

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780199550593
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191720727 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550593.003.0002
Why Should We Care About Inequality?

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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

Chapter.  6434 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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