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Thursday, January 21, 2010

DOES LOWER INCOME INEQUALITY IN THE EU CONTRIBUTE TO SOLVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS, INCREASING THEM, OR WHAT?

Today's Buggy Topic

The title above captures it faithfully except for a clarifying add-on: the EU West Europeans' lower income inequality --- which means after (federal or central government) taxes and transfer payment like welfare or social security payments --- is lower in comparison to the USA's.  As it happens, prof bug shows in three lengthy commentries left at Economist's View that the right answer for key social problems such as violent crime, corruption, and tax evasion shows a correlation with rising problems on these scores for West Europeans, even as these problems in the USA have declined noticeably for 20 years.

And Expected Longevity at Birth?

As it also happens, there is no correlatin at all between the rises in the USA and West Europe on this score.  For the buggy stuff, click here.