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Could You Help Rewire Income Disparity?

New research using network science shows that shifting individual behavior in small ways could influence economic equality, says blogger Adam Frank.
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The growth of income disparity across the world has now become so well documented that even some rich people see it as a danger to society.

But the scale of the problem makes it seem like there's not much ordinary, not-so-rich folks can do about it in their ordinary, not-so-rich lives.

If new research from network science is right, though, there may be something easy and simple almost anyone can do to help bring more economic equality into the world.

French network scientists Thomas Louail and Maxime Lenormand looked at the question of income disparity in the context of neighborhoods and shopping trips. Their surprising results demonstrated the remarkable power of data and network

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