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A leading regional scientist has called on the government and the media to acknowledge the fact that the UK has higher levels of regional inequality than any other large wealthy country.
Analysis by Professor Philip McCann at the University of Sheffield has shown that the UK is more interregionally unequal than the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and South Korea.
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The only wealthy countries with higher levels of regional inequality are Slovakia and Ireland—so across a very broad range of 28 indicators, the UK is interregionally more unequal than 28 other advanced Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
Professor McCann is concerned that government responses and mainstream policy debates barely address this issue, and it rarely makes media headlines. In November 2018, the fact-checking organization Fullfact argued that the UK has only average levels of interregional inequality—a misleading narrative that was proliferated by high-profile journalists.
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Professor McCann has been awarded the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) European Prize in Regional Science 2019. He used his ERSA Prize Lecture in Lyon to urge politicians and the media to gain a stronger understanding of regional science and overcome inaccurate narratives, in order to address this "geography of...
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