Is wealth disparity linked to violent crime?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Is wealth disparity linked to violent crime?
Mon, 11-28-2011 - 9:20pm

Apparently, yes. Where there is greater wealth disparity, there is more violent crime.

  • Several studies have found that small reductions in income inequality cause large reductions in homicide.
  • Inequality affects homicide, whereas a society's average income level does not.
  • The relationship between inequality and homicide seems to be part of a more general divisive effect of inequality which weakens the social fabric.
  • Almost two-thirds of the higher homicide rates in southern (as compared to northern) states of the United States are attributable to their greater income inequality. There are lower rates of homicide in the Canadian provinces than in the states of the USA as a result of their smaller income differences
iVillage Member
Registered: 09-30-2011
Mon, 11-28-2011 - 11:02pm

I heard they did another study and concluded that "wealth disparity" was responsible for global warming.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-22-2000
Tue, 11-29-2011 - 10:53am

What a load of propagadistic dung this story is...