Greater economic equality is beneficial to all people in all societies, both for the rich, the poor and the rest. The equality effect is demonstrable both nationally and internationally. These claims are contentious because their truth has only become evident recently, and because these findings contradict dominate views of many of the elite.
Danny Dorling is professor of human geography at the University of Sheffield. He has written extensively about the widening gap between rich and poor and his work regularly appears in the Guardian, UK. He is author of several books including Injustice: Why social inequality persists and The Atlas of the Real World.