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Visible inequality breeds more inequality

Experiments suggest that when people can see wealth inequality in their social network, this propels further inequality through reduced cooperation and reduced social connectivity. See Letter p.426

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Gächter, S. Visible inequality breeds more inequality. Nature 526, 333–334 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/526333a

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