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Questions tagged [inequality]

Questions on economic, social, racial, gender and any other forms of political inequality, or political topics related to such inequalities.

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Do any countries besides the UK have a “triple lock” on pensions?

The Economist wrote before the 2017 UK general election: The average incomes of retired households are now higher than those of working ones, once housing costs are accounted for. Small wonder that ...
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What did Frank Herbert mean when he said “humans do not have equal ability”, concerning equality?

In the "Dune Genesis" essay originally published in the July 1980 issue of Omni Magazine* Frank Herbert wrote: "I now believe that evolution, or deevolution[sic], never ends short of death, that ...
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What is the relationship between government expenditure and the quality of life?

Can we say, in general, what is the relationship between relative government expenditure (or the total taxation) and the average quality of life?
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How does anti-Semitism differ from racism?

If 'anti-Semitism' is no different to 'racism', then why is it necessary to have a separate "...ism" that relates specifically to only one religious/racial group?
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What purpose does economic inequality (inequality in wealth) serve?

What purpose does economic inequality (inequality in wealth) serve? While one can argue that it's a result of differing productive capability, this is not the case with e.g. inherited wealth. Also, ...
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Was there any US political campaign that included Gini index improvement?

This CIA online article tells us a little about the Gini index: Distribution of family income - Gini index measures the degree of inequality in the distribution of family income in a country. The ...
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Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Why is it right? [closed]

Is there any justification for inequal distribution of wealth? Other than wealthy wanting to retain their position and others want to raise theirs? To me it's pretty clear that in politics there are "...
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Can racial profiling (by police) in the United States be explained simply by the socioeconomic status of the suspect?

This a devil's advocate question, because I don't know of a study/data to directly answer this comment on skeptics. However, I cannot reraise that as a question there because I can't find any notable ...
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How are gender quotas justified by lawmakers given that they appear to violate the Equal Opportunity Principle?

According to this document (page 12): Table 1 indicates that, of the 30 EU/EEA countries, five – Belgium, France, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain – have introduced quotas by law that are binding ...
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Why is the gender pay gap so large in the United States despite the Equal Pay Act of 1963?

Why is the gender pay gap in the United States (1:0.77) so large in the United States despite there being civil rights legislation against discrimination in wages based on sex? Is it due to poor ...
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What are most common formulas for computing inequality? [closed]

For the moment let's ignore distribution models like meritocracy. Suppose a group has decided to divide their money in a certain way. What are the different formulas to measure how even or equal ...
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Why is “Equal Pay for Equal Work” regulation controversial?

I was going to ask this question when I heard Hillary Clinton said in the first presidential debate that: "Trump has said women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men." I thought ...
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Is there a non-hierarchical political theory based on inequality?

Left- and right-wing politics are differentiated by their belief in equality. Left-wing politics supports social equality and egalitarianism, while right-wing politics hold that inequality are ...
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How do one party governments say that they represent everyone even though they aren't democracies?

In China, for example, the communist party says that they are the worker's party and that they represent the workers of the world and equality, even though they manage a one-party state that blocks ...
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Why are only certain professions able to countersign passport photos in the UK?

Current law says that passport photographs may only be countersigned by persons within certain professions, and only once such a person has know the applicant for at least two years, specifically the ...
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Why not have a wealth dependent income tax?

Usually states implement a progressive tax. So people with a higher income have to pay a higher tax rate. However I think that this is not helping much to distribute wealth more equally. Instead I ...
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How could the government encourage more women study higher education

1- How could the government encourage more women study higher education? 2- How could the government encourage more women choose studies that are more income-rewarding, like the most technical, such ...
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Comment organiser le mouvement anti-austérité québécois?

Malgré le consensus pour s'opposer aux politiques d'austérité et de déconstruction de l'état québécois de l'actuel gouvernement libéral du Québec, les divers acteurs (mouvement étudiant, milieu ...
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What is the origin of the idea that money is somehow special as far as “fairness” in political thinking?

What is the origin of development of the idea in political/philosophical thinking that money/wealth is somehow special as far as the idea of "fairness"? What are the reasons cited by that development ...
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What does inequality look like when measured in man-hours employed?

There are numerous measures of inequality in income and wealth, like the Gini coefficient for instance. But I'm wondering about a different measure: the amount of labor, measured in man-hours, that ...
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Is it necessary to allow preferential treatment based upon race in order to ensure equal protection under the 14th Amendment?

Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), or Proposal 2 (Michigan 06-2) was passed into Michigan Constitutional law by a 58% to 42% margin on November 7, 2006. The constitutional amendment outlawed ...
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Has anyone produced a time series of the Gini coefficient to current political party?

Has anyone ever done a global or regional time series of the Gini coefficient* mapped against the current ideological faction** in power? The more countries in the time series, the more informative ...
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Have any studies shown that lowering standards for women have improved police/firefighter performance?

With recent talks about removing the restrictions for allowing women on the front lines of combat, the question has been raised if this will weaken the military. We already allow women to serve as ...
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In models of income distribution, is inequality a natural outcome?

From The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy (2006): Two of the more influential papers that examine inequality within a median voter context are Persson and Tabellini (1994) and Alesina and ...