Inequality

Since the late 1970s, and especially more recently, the percentage of national income going to labor has fallen dramatically, and the percentage of national income going to owners (i.e. capital) has risen. The rise of capital income at the expense of labor income presents serious problems for the...
06/02/2013
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Americans don't like inequality and the want to do something about this problem. But they aren't crazy about using government to redistribute wealth and income. Instead, they would rather see bigger investments in education to expand opportunity and have businesses pay higher wages. That's one...
05/30/2013
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For all the talk about inequality over the past two decades, scholars have known surprisingly little about what Americans think about the growing class divide and what they'd like to do about it, if anything.  Now we know a lot more, thanks to the publication of Leslie McCall's new book, The...
05/28/2013
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In 2011, Jacob Hacker wrote a ground-breaking paper in which he coined the phrase predistribution. Under Hacker's definition, predistribution refers to measures governments take to reduce or eliminate inequality in market incomes. This differs from redistribution, which Hacker uses to mean measures...
05/10/2013
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My name is Roxanne Mimms and I work for a food service contractor at the National Zoo.  I work full time but make barely minimum wage. I’m here because workers can’t live off what contractors pay us.  I’m here because I don’t want my two children to grow up on...
05/09/2013
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Dig into today's job numbers and you'll find a tale of two Americas.  In one America, unemployment remains at catastrophically high levels. The African-American unemployment rate is 13.2 percent -- a level not seen for the U.S. as a whole since the Great Depression. The jobless rate for...
05/03/2013
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It shouldn't require years of new research to make the obvious point that economic inequality is bad for democracy. Why? Because concentrated wealth translates into political power in ways that any seventh grade civics student can easily grasp (if civics were still taught). Rich people and...
04/30/2013
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It’s been a good week for the 23,000 people who work for one U.S. retail chain. Even as the national economy continued to plod along and the unemployment rate remained disturbingly high, Hobby Lobby announced it is upping its minimum hourly wage to $14 for full-time employees and $9.50 for...
04/17/2013
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After a bruising election in which their standard-bearer became a symbol of wealth and privilege, Republicans are emerging as born-again champions of the common people. The latest proposal in the House, the “Working Families Flexibility Act,” is billed as a pro-worker proposal that will let mom...
04/16/2013
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Mike Konczal had an excellent rundown at Wonkblog on Saturday about some of the trickiness involved in measuring inequality. There are different kinds of compensation -- labor income, non-labor income, benefits, and transfers -- and the various income data sets differ on which ones they...
04/08/2013
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