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Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies

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TED-Ed website launches in beta, lets teachers customize video lessons TED-Ed Launches Groundbreaking Website with New Tools for Customized Learning TED-Ed Platform Allows Teachers to "Flip" Video Content and Create Tailored Lesson Plans NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading," today launches the second phase of its TED-Ed initiative: a groundbreaking website [ housed on that enables teachers to create unique lesson plans around TED-Ed video content.

Review: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett We are rich enough. Economic growth has done as much as it can to improve material conditions in the developed countries, and in some cases appears to be damaging health. If Britain were instead to concentrate on making its citizens' incomes as equal as those of people in Japan and Scandinavia, we could each have seven extra weeks' holiday a year, we would be thinner, we would each live a year or so longer, and we'd trust each other more. The Spirit Level : Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

Four Myths About Poverty - The Chronicle Review By David B. Grusky The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brought with it the usual spate of tie-in books, scholarly conferences, and political debate. As the dust settles on the anniversary, the country’s continuing conversation about poverty hasn’t advanced much, largely because the event became an occasion to recirculate old and deeply problematic myths. The old myths were trotted out despite some important new books that should have worked to dispel them.

What The Great Gatsby Teaches Us About America In 1 Chart There's more to take away from The Great Gatsby than that Leo DiCaprio and a Jay-Z soundtrack can mix surprisingly well, according to the White House. The White House has released a chart illustrating the "Great Gatsby Curve," a concept Alan Krueger, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, introduced last year. The curve, Krueger said, helps explain that children born into countries with higher levels of income inequality are less likely to move up the income ladder later in life. (You may remember from high school that one of the themes of The Great Gatsby revolves around the consequences of extreme wealth). The concept isn't going away.

What a Non-Partisan Plan for U.S. Entrepeneurship Would Look Like - Derek Thompson The Republican National Convention praised small businesses and the Democratic response will praise the administration's role in helping job creators. But what would a non-partisan plan for entrepreneurs look like? The theme of the first day of the Republican National Convention was "We Built It," a rallying-cry from entrepreneurs who insisted that they didn't need government to start their businesses. The Sons Also Rise Here are the stages of inequality rationalization: 1. Rising inequality? What rise in inequality? 2.

Three Rules to Make Sure Economic Data Aren’t Bunk Mainstream economics coverage is full of numbers: unemployment, inflation, the trade deficit, etc. But stories only rarely stop to explain what those numbers measure, how they are collected or how reliable they are. Instead, readers are often left to accept numbers at face value or wade through conflicting indicators. If hiring accelerated but the unemployment rate rose, is the job market getting better or worse? If Democrats say inequality is rising and Republicans say it isn’t, whom to believe? Economic indicators are often contradictory and always subject to uncertainty, but that isn’t a reason to dismiss them. The Great Divide is a series on inequality The French economist Thomas Piketty swept across the United States last week with a dire warning: Income inequality isn’t going to go away, and it probably will get worse. Only policies that directly address the problem — in particular, progressive taxation — can help us change course. At a panel discussion in Washington of Piketty’s new blockbuster, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” the American economist Robert Solow, who served on President Kennedy’s Council of Economic Advisers, took the long view as he formulated his response to the idea of trying to democratize ownership of capital in our country. “Good luck with that,” he said. Read more…

10 talks on making schools great With just over a month to go before the 2012 presidential election in the US, eyes around the world are on the contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The election may well come down to a few key issues. So what matters most to Americans? The TED Blog read this Gallup poll from late July on issues that citizens want the next president to prioritize. Conveniently, these are topics that speakers often address on the TED stage.

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