Income inequality and child mortality in wealthy nations

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    This chapter presents evidence of a relationship between child mortality data and socio-economic factors in relatively wealthy nations. The original study on child mortality that is reported here, which first appeared in a UK medical journal, was undertaken in a school of business by academics with accounting and finance backgrounds. The rationale explaining why academics from such disciplines were drawn to investigate these issues is given in the first part of the chapter. The findings related to child mortality data were identified as a special case of a wide range of social and health indicators that are systematically related to the different organisational approaches of capitalist societies. In particular, the so-called Anglo-American countries show consistently poor outcomes over a number of indicators, including child mortality. Considerable evidence has been adduced in the literature to show the importance of income inequality as an explanation for such findings. An important part of the chapter is the overview of a relatively recent publication in the epidemiological literature entitled The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone, which was written by Wilkinson and Pickett.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHidden hunger
    Subtitle of host publicationmalnutrition and the first 1,000 days of life: causes, consequences and solutions
    EditorsH. K. Biesalski , R. E. Black
    Place of PublicationBasel
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9783318056853
    ISBN (Print)9783318056846
    Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2016

    Publication series

    NameWorld Review of Nutrition and Dietetics


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