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What are some realistic and creative ways to reduce wealth inequality?

I am a a third year student completing a degree in Social Work in Hamilton, New Zealand. I am currently doing a paper on Social and Community Development where I have to consider a topic of interest and then form a plan based on a theoretical perspective to eliminate or reduce a social issue.

My chosen topic is: Then impact of wealth inequality on social cohesion within New Zealand.

I would love to hear some creative and realistic thoughts around reducing this social issue which is a rapidly increasing, world wide issue. If anyone is well versed around topics such as this, stating your political ideology/perspective/basis of your ideas would be a great help so that I am able to further research the good idea's!

The primary focus will be on reducing wealth inequality as by doing this, social cohesion will increase. Despite this, I do hope to develop a small scale plan to increase social cohesion as well to strengthen the assignment.

Thanks heaps in advance :)


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    May 22 2013: If businesses were to close the gap between their highest and lowest paid employees, then wealth inequality should, in theory, be reduced.

    And because some people might need help understanding this:

    Obviously you wouldn't pay a janitor the same salary as a corporate executive officer.

    However, it should also be obvious of what the effects would be for the economy, and "social cohesion," if you were to pay the janitor a little bit more and pay the CEO a little bit less.
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      May 22 2013: ROFL. Suggest you have a 30 sec ponder why that is the case in the first instance.
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        May 23 2013: ROFL! Is that all you got?

        How about... no. And, since it SEEMS I don't know much about it at all, if you could please, explain to me why that is "the case".
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        May 24 2013: Blade Runner,

        As I thought, you've got much of nothing (as your comment implies).

        And have you taken the time to consider that you yourself might be member of the general population that doesn't know that they (as in you) don't know much about anything happening at all?

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