Trends in Inequality: Truth and Myth
Concern about inequalities of income and wealth is now a fashionable topic. It featured strongly in the gathering of the world’s top brass at Davos earlier this year. Much of the popular coverage of the topic gives the impression that not only is inequality at record highs, but that it is confined to the wicked […]
How Bad Has It Been? 2008-2013 in Historical Perspective
The end of a year is a good time to take stock. For the first time since 2007, prospects for the UK for the forthcoming year look unequivocally good. But looking back, just how bad have the last few years been across the developed world as a whole? And how do they compare with previous […]
Rising Residential Segregation, but Less Racial Prejudice: How Can This Be?
Britain is becoming more sharply divided on ethnic lines, according to a study just published by the think-tank Demos. During the past decade, more than 600,000 white people have moved out of London to areas which are more than 90 per cent white. The effect is strongest amongst white Britons with children, with a fall […]
Political map of London is like America: strong geographic segregation
Thomas Schelling is a brilliant American polymath, who deservedly won the Nobel Prize in economics in 2005. One of his most remarkable insights is about segregation in cities, which he published as long ago as 1971. The residential pattern of American cities tends to be pretty sharply divided on ethnic grounds. The population of many […]