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Inequality, including crime and disability

Our researchers aim to understand how income, wealth, and health inequalities play out over the life course and how policy can influence inequality.


Inequality comes in many different forms. For example, consider the large differences in income, wealth, and health between people. The opportunities an individual has over their life will largely be influenced by what happens in their early years, if we also include parent’s health behaviours then before they’re even born.

Consider how wealth and income of parents or even grandparents can affect schooling opportunities for an individual; this will affect their subsequent employment earnings and wealth accumulation over their life. And so the cycle continues.

Of course, employment earnings are also related to health and disability: not all individuals are born with the same level of health. Disabilities can have a significant impact on individual life chances even in developed economies.

A lot depends on the tax treatment of wealth and income in a country in addition to the education system: these vary significantly across the world. Our researchers analyse how different types of inequalities affect individuals at important life stages and what policy can do to reduce inequality in life chances.

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Researchers with current inequality research interests


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