Neoliberal epidemics: How inequality makes us sick

Poverty rates before and after taxes and transfers, selected OECD countries

Within the small local authority of Stockton-on-Tees in the North East of England (population 192,000), the difference in male life expectancy between the most and least deprived areas is 17 years – comparable to the difference in average male life expectancy between the UK and Russia or Senegal. In Washington, DC around the turn of the century, the difference in male life expectancy between the poor (and predominantly black) southeast of the city and the wealthy, overwhelmingly white suburbs in Maryland was even larger (20 years).

These health inequalities reflect underlying social and economic inequalities. Since the early 1980s, neoliberalism […]