February 10, 2010

Inequality associated with social and health problems but not with happiness?

Following up on my post of yesterday about The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger here are two publications by happiness researcher Ruut Veenhoven which suggest there is no relationship between income inequality and happiness:
I am not sure whether this is in disagreement with Wilkinson and Pickett's findings because they focused not per se on happiness but on health and social problems and found these are associated with income inequality. So if both Veenhoven's and Wilkinson and Pickett's findings are correct what explanation could there be for the paradox that income inequality is associated with many social and health problem but apparently less so with happiness?

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