A world of differences: an introduction to inequality

Authored by Suresh Naidu (Columbia University), Rajiv Sethi (Barnard College, Columbia University and Santa Fe Institute) and Sarah Thomas (Barnard College and Columbia University).

Our prospects in life are shaped by a combination of personal characteristics and the environments in which we find ourselves. Both characteristics and conditions faced vary widely across individuals and groups. Read this Insight to learn about the meaning, measurement, and implications of economic inequality.

This Insight includes CORE’s standard student learning activities, for example:

  • interactive questions to test understanding (with feedback on correct and incorrect answers),
  • data exploration and visualization,
  • report writing, and
  • suggestions for further research.

Activities can be selected to meet the needs of audiences with different levels of prior learning in economics. Links to CORE’s ebooks provide guidance for filling in gaps.

The aim of the Insights series is to provide additional teaching and learning resources linked to relevant conceptual treatments in CORE’s ebooks. They cover a growing number of topics supplementing the ebooks; sometimes with a stronger regional orientation than, for example, The Economy. CORE Insights are authored by experts on the topic at hand.