Response to Pickett and Wilkinson


[Excerpt] To conclude, I emphasize that none of the points raised here and in the original article are incompatible with the fact that excessive income inequality has adverse social effects, with the existence of social gradients, or with psychological explanations. However, as we look at the bigger picture and analyze it in its complexity, we should strive to avoid reductionism. There is an “enormous and well-developed body of social science literature” (Beckfield & Krieger, 2009, p. 153) that can help shed light on the structural side of this story, which until now has been too readily dismissed.

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