Inequality

It’s early, but arguably the most important paper of the year has already been released. The author, Michael Jay Barber, finds persuasive evidence that those who donate more than $200 (.22% of the population in 2014), wield more influence over our political system than anyone else.  Demos...
02/18/2015
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Today, Obama will deliver the State of the Union address, which will focus on inequality, which he has previously called, “the defining issue of our time,” and which was recently highlighted by a proposal by Chris Van Hollen. In anticipation of his speech, he has put forward a proposal to increase...
01/20/2015
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As regular readers know by now, social mobility in the US is largely a myth perpetuated for political legitimation. In reality, we live in a self-perpetuating class system where the children of the rich mostly go on to rule over the children of the poor. This is evident in the education trends (...
12/28/2014
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Political scientist Michael P. McDonald recently released  preliminary turnout rates at the state (and national) level. These data are preliminary and will be continuously updated, but still yield some insights. Firstly, we can look at the impact of felon disenfrachisement. Research...
11/06/2014
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In my recent Explainer, I discussed the implications of the voting gap on policy and elections. Numerous studies show that in states where low-income voters turnout at a higher rate, inequality is lower. That is because in these chambers, policymakers tend to be more liberal and favorable to...
11/05/2014
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Last night, I had the honor of attending an Intelligence Squared debate on the proposition that, “Income Inequality Impairs the American Dream of Upward Mobility.” It was an engrossing debate. Affirming the motion were Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist know for his pro-minimum wage stance, and...
10/23/2014
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This past Friday, in a speech to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, spoke out on the evils of economic inequality in the United States. She noted that the steady growth in inequality over the past several decades represents the most sustained rise since the...
10/20/2014
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Last week, I had the honor to testify in the Senate on Demos' core mission: the intersection of economic and political inequality. I joined Senator Jeff Merkley's Economic Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, where I had a noteworthy back-and-forth with...
09/24/2014
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Why is New York City’s public housing about to collapse?  The pending collapse is literal as well as physical: hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers are living with mold, water, and broken elevators throughout the city’s 2,600 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings, and resident...
08/13/2014
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Nathan Kelly is an associate professor of political science at the University of Tennessee. His book, The Politics of Inequality in the United States, examines how politics affects the market distribution of income, as well as government redistribution. Kelly and I discuss the implications of his...
07/14/2014
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