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Redefining Equality

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Behaviour and Health Research Unit Annual Lecture (supported by CPP )

Our speaker will argue that equality remains a long-term goal for progressive politics, but that it needs a new definition, so that we measure equality and inequality less by reference to Gini coefficients of income, or data on wealth, and more by access to the things that enable people to lead fulfilling lives – such as decent housing, universal access to good quality schools and healthcare, clean air, places for children to play safely, crime-free neighbourhoods and so on. And where we do consider income inequality, we should be clear about the distinctions between justifiable inequality (e.g. resulting from effort, talent, risk-taking etc) and unjustifiable inequality (e.g. race and gender differences).

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