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This free course was written by Pam Foley.

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Images

Figure 1: adventtr; iStockphoto.com

Figure 2: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Figure 3: Sally Anscombe; Getty Images

Figure 4: dabldy; iStockphoto.com

Figure 5: Roberto Schmidt; Getty Images

Slideshow 1: 10 Facts on Health Inequalities and Their Causes; (c) World Health Organisation; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/igo/

Figure 6: Pistol Peet in Flickr https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/ by-nd/ 2.0/:

Figure 7: Elisa Bogas Save the Children in /Flickr made available under https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/ by/ 2.0/

Figures 8 and 9: adapted from Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institute

Figure 10: adapted from: http://g-mond.parisschoolofeconomics.eu/ topincomes

Figure 11: Trends in redistribution in selected countries, 1990, 2000, 2007 and 2011. Adapted from: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2013) Inequality Matters: Report of the World Social Situation. Available at http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/publications/world-social-situation-2013.html Trends in redistribution in selected countries, 1990, 2000, 2007 and 2011 graph - Source: UN (2013), calculations based on data from Solt, Fredrick, (2009).

Figure 12: Andy Davey

Figure 13: Byron in Flickr https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Figure 14: Dwight Nadig; iStockphoto.com

Figure 15: Alex Belomlinksy; iStockphoto.com

Figure 16: wcjohnston; iStockphoto.com

Audio visual

Video

Extract from ‘Why poverty: four born every second’ (2012, BBC Four) © Century Films Ltd

Wealth inequality in the UK (2013): courtesy Inequality Briefing http://www.inequalitybriefing.org/

Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies; TED Talks; https://creativecommons.org/ licenses/ by-nc-nd/ 2.0/

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