The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

4.2 The inequality debate

Figure 10 Left to right: Danny Dorling, Thomas Piketty and Amartya Sen.

So is inequality inevitable in the twenty-first century? Is some inequality perhaps necessary and if not, what can we do about it?

These are big questions and to help you consider all of the issues you’ll hear from some of the leading thinkers in the field, Indian economist and moral philosopher Amartya Sen, French economist Thomas Piketty, and British social geographer Danny Dorling.

You heard from epidemiologists Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett in Week 1. As you heard at the beginning of the course, this subject needs an interdisciplinary approach and all five of these thinkers approach the problem from a different angle.


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