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How More Equal Societies Improve Well-Being

Date(s) - 16/04/2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tyneside Irish Centre Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Richard Wilkinson, co-author The Spirit Level and The Inner Level

This lecture will focus on the psychological effects of large income differences between rich and poor. It will show how inequality undermines feelings of self-worth, damages social relationships, and contributes to the heavy burden of stress and mental illness in rich developed countries. The material is taken from the The Inner Level, the new book by Wilkinson and Pickett, which shows that inequality is not merely about economics and living standards, but affects us all intimately, changing the nature of social life and reducing levels of confidence. It describes some of the social and psychological processes which lead to the increased rates of health and social problems shown in their earlier book, The Spirit Level.

Richard Wilkinson has played a formative role in international research and his work has been published in 10 languages. He studied economic history at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School and Honorary Professor at University College London.

Doors open at 6:30, the talk starts at 7pm. The talk and formal Q&A will be finished by 9 but many people stay to chat afterwards.
We charge £1 for NEH members and £2 for non-members, which covers the cost of light refreshments. (Please consider bringing your own mug for a hot drink; help us be as green as we can be.)

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