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The Price of Fairness: Introduction (01:40)


Kiley Hamlin studies the development of sensitivity to fairness. Lord Victor Adebowale hopes that politicians will be held to some standard. Activists and citizens explain what fairness means to them.

Learning Unfairness (04:19)

Inequality has risen in democratic countries. Choice Lab performs an experiment about how individuals perceive economic inequalities. Bertil Tungodden describes how the egalitarian atmosphere of childhood changes into a meritocracy when young people enter adolescence.

The Business of Luck (03:20)

Alicia Weston left a lucrative banking business to found Bags of Taste. While she will not sell her home or give away money, she does not think it is fair that luck plays such a significant role in how much a person earns.

In Search of Fairness (04:33)

Lord Adebowale wants to hold a debate about the politics of fairness. The London Fairness Commission holds a symposium for Londoners to voice their concerns; meritocracy is a fantasy.

Nature or Nurture? (06:53)

At the Center for Infant Cognition, Hamilton studies fairness in infants. The experiments include "Who stole my airplane?" and "How many ducks do you have?" The study found that infants reward generous individuals and harm those who are mean.

Learning from Capuchin Monkeys (03:44)

Sarah Bronson studies inequity aversion in monkeys. She believes that throwing food on the ground is a sign of emotional frustration. Individuals who determine their partner receives better or more rewards may seek out another.

Rejecting the Good Deal (05:33)

Peter Blake performs an experiment about children's reactions to disadvantageous and advantageous inequity. Children are sensitive to receiving less than others Only in the U.S., Canada, and Uganda do children begin to reject the advantageous treat.

Choice in the Balance (03:26)

Tungodden teaches a class on irrationality in economic behavior and provides two scenarios for his students. The class decides inequity is more if there are mitigating factors, such as not working full time or a person did not receive an education.

Highly Politicized Topics (06:07)

Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind," describes how Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report on the African-American family, was essentially correct, but politicians cannot criticize sacred victim groups. Brittany Packnett describes how the children react to inequality and marginalization.

Justice and Fairness (02:59)

Prof. Kimberle Crenshaw describes how the United States is a post-feudal, post-colonial, and post-slavery society; elements of each still exist. African-American women are the least likely demographic that police will believe and frequently subject to discrimination.

Social Hierarchy: Kiran's Story (04:03)

After she married, Kiran Fatrod inherited an occupation and cleaned the latrines of the policemen in her town. Fatrod went to school at night and graduated high school. Teachers would not teach her children, because she stopped working as a human waste collector.

One Rule for the Rich (04:50)

John Christensen describes how tax codes outline social inequality. The League of Nations shaped rules to suit their privilege and allow governments and corporations to move money offshore so it will not be taxed.

Going Public (03:14)

Documents revealed Apple, Amazon, Ikea, and other large corporations moved money to Luxembourg to pay tax rates as low as 1%. Antoine Deltour, an auditor for Price Waterhouse Coopers, decided to become a whistleblower. He now faces jail time and up to a million euros in fines.

Fighting on Your Own Turf (06:09)

Crickhowell, Wales is a fair tax town. Its citizens order items from Amazon, so they can force the corporation to pay for the shipping return. Steve Lewis describes how large organizations like Google lost their moral compass; the younger generation needs to fight for fairness.

A Model of Fairness? (05:14)

Michael Green explains how in the past century, Costa Rica has invested in social progress by meeting everyone's basic needs, providing building blocks to a better society, and allowing individuals to pursue their interests without impediment.

Fair Politics (03:56)

The Panama Papers revealed that Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson owned a corporation which he failed to disclose upon entering parliament. Finnur Guporsson describes the massive change in public approval for the Pirate Party. Children learn by watching how adults behave, not by what they are told.

Fairness: The Next Generation (05:37)

Hazel Van Ummersen, 11, and several other children sued the government using the public trust doctrine to fight for environmentalism. Julia Olsson describes how her organization recently sued Pakistan and India. Learn updates about the activists appearing in this program.

Credits: The Price of Fairness (00:40)

Credits: The Price of Fairness

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Why do we accept huge levels of inequality and social injustice? This is one of the central questions that The Price of Fairness sets out to answer, beginning with a surprising set of social experiments in Norway, which suggest that our willingness to support systems of inequality is far greater than we are often prepared to admit. In Atlanta, we take a different look at fairness, from the perspective of a group of capuchin monkeys. Behavioral scientist Sarah Bronson’s work with the monkeys questions the idea that we have an evolutionary tendency towards selfish behavior. Could it be that the outrage we feel toward systems of inequality have roots in our human need for cooperation? We visit Costa Rica and Iceland to see how whole economies have been engineered to function with greater ‘fairness’, and the U.S. where systematic racial injustices have tested many of their citizens hopes for a fairer justice system. From the caste-biased villages of India to the race-sensitive streets of Ferguson, Missouri, this documentary explores our understanding of fairness and what it takes to change an unfair system. Touching on issues of economic, political, racial and gender inequality, this film offers a thought-provoking and timely look at what fairness really means to us.

Length: 77 minutes

Item#: BVL133180

ISBN: 978-1-64023-766-7

Copyright date: ©2016

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