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Unequal Hopes, Lives, and Lifespans in the USA: Lessons from the New Science of Well-Being

Carol Graham

August 2018


Given that we have had historic increases in inequality, as well as stagnant poverty levels for several decades, the author tells the story of poverty and inequality in the U.S. from the perspective of the metrics of happiness and well-being. My research—and the book that resulted—found that inequality is part of this story, but not the only part. The story was much more complicated than the author anticipated. One of the most interesting parts of the story includes different levels of hope and resilience across races and places. Poverty and inequality play a big role, but there is much more to it.

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