Lottery of birth
Lottery of birth

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Lottery of birth


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Figure 1: adventtr;

Figure 2: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Figure 3: Sally Anscombe; Getty Images

Figure 4: dabldy;

Figure 5: Roberto Schmidt; Getty Images

Slideshow 1: 10 Facts on Health Inequalities and Their Causes; (c) World Health Organisation;

Figure 6: Pistol Peet in Flickr licenses/ by-nd/ 2.0/:

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

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

Figure 10: adapted from: 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 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

Figure 14: Dwight Nadig;

Figure 15: Alex Belomlinksy;

Figure 16: wcjohnston;

Audio visual


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

Wealth inequality in the UK (2013): courtesy Inequality Briefing

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

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