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Is inequality good for us?

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 June 2012

The chasm between rich and poor is growing around the world. But should that worry us?

Maybe inequality is actually a good thing, a prerequisite for a productive economy.

To find out, In the Balance has lined up a stellar cast. A Nobel prize-winning critic of the free market: Professor Joseph Stiglitz. A multi-millionaire friend and former colleague of the Republican presidential candidate Edward Conard. And the Rector of Exeter College, Oxford Frances Cairncross.

Plus, are decisions at meetings taken for good logical reasons - or just because the person sitting next to you has a really annoying habit?

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