Staggering US wealth inequality heaps long-term harm on to minority children


The US stands out as an outlier compared with other industrialized nations in terms of both the approach to childhood taken by policymakers and governments, and the extent of inequality that flows from that. The new research looked at 14 industrialized countries, including Australia, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom, and found that the US was exceptional in the extent of wealth inequality between children and older age groups.

Gibson-David, who edited the volume alongside Heather Hill of the University of Washington, said that the unique position of the US reflected the country’s political climate, which was notably less inclined to help children than other nations. “We’ve chosen to let the market determine wealth levels.”

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