Book Chapter

Income inequality and its implications for gendered conflict

Khandis Blake, Robert Brooks

The Social Psychology of Income Inequality | Springer Nature | Published : 2019

Abstract

We argue that inequality plays such an important role in shaping human behavior because of the strong effects it exerts on individual reproductive success and thus evolutionary fitness. Here we examine evidence of the relationship between economic inequality and reproductive incentives in men and women. Inequality has been shown to increase men’s competition for status and respect, particularly among men who are younger and poorer. This competition is an important explanatory variable in rates of accidental death, addiction, violence, and property crime. We then focus on parallel links in women, summarizing evidence that high economic inequality increases women’s investment of time and atten..

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