Reducing inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge

The reduction of inequalities within and between countries stands as a policy goal, and deserves to take centre stage in the design of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed during the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.

The 2013 edition of A Planet for Life represents a unique international initiative grounded on conceptual and strategic thinking, and – most importantly – empirical experiments, conducted on five continents and touching on multiple realities. This unprecedented collection of works proposes a solid empirical approach, rather than an ideological one, to inform future debate.

Until 1500, it is estimated that incomes were relatively similar in all regions of the world. Since the midnineteenth century, the average standard of living is more reliably predicted by the place where one lives, compared to one’s social position within a given society.
Until 1500, it is estimated that incomes were relatively similar in all regions of the world. Since the midnineteenth century, the average standard of living is more reliably predicted by the place where one lives, compared to one’s social position within a given society.

 

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