NewsThe Science of Inequality

Can disparities be deadly?

Science  23 May 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6186, pp. 829-831
DOI: 10.1126/science.344.6186.829

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Summary

Poverty, disease, and early death clearly travel together, but does the size of the gap between the rich and the poor itself help make people sick? Controversial research explores whether inequalities in the distribution of income, and the psychological stress of being low-ranked, can contribute to higher rates of illness and mortality.