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28 September 2010, ETUI, Brussels

ETUI Monthly forum - The Spirit Level. Why Equality is Better for Everyone

Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology Richard Wilkinson will be guest speaker at the next ETUI Monthly Forum which will take place on 28 September. He will present his provocative book The Spirit Level which provides hard evidence to show how almost everything - from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is but by how equal it is. Discussants will be Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and John Monks, ETUC General Secretary.

Speaker:
Richard Wilkinson (Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology)
The Spirit Level. Why Equality is Better for Everyone
Moderator:
Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI
Comments:
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, President of the Party of European Socialists (PES) and
John Monks, General Secretary ETUC

Briefing: The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett - a book first published in March 2009 - provides hard evidence to show how almost everything - from life expectancy to mental illness, violence to illiteracy - is affected not by how wealthy a society is but by how equal it is. Societies with a bigger gap between the rich and the poor are bad for everyone in them - including the well-off.
For more information watch a short video explaining what The Spirit Level is about.

Summary of the book

We are glad to welcome Richard Wilkinson to the next ETUI Monthly Forum. He will present this provocative book and take part in the discussion about its findings and recommendations.
Please find here the Spirit level slides.

Richard Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health.

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