What do teenage births, early deaths, homicide, mental illness, underperforming students, packed prisons, and drug abuse have in common? All of them thrive in countries with large gaps between the rich and the poor, report two researchers in the November 2007 Social Science & Medicine. “Rather than providing ever more prisons, doctors, health promoters, social workers, educational psychologists, and drug rehabilitation units,” they write, “it may be cheaper and more rewarding t…

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