Child wellbeing and income inequality in rich countries

Issue 133 (Summer 2009)

The wellbeing and behaviour of young people have recently attracted more than the usual negative attention from the media, policy and law. On almost any measure, child wellbeing decreases with lower social status. But too often people concerned with child wellbeing avoid making a clear distinction between whether the problem is absolute poverty, or relative poverty and inequality. Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson argue that this question has a clear answer that should not be fudged.