Inequality

Here’s another reason why income inequality is so destructive—it’s ruining our planet and increasing the severity of climate change. A new paper from the Center on Economic and Policy Research looks at a novel way to slow climate change: reduce the hours that we work. For reasons...
02/08/2013
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This Explainer explores how the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is used in measuring our economic growth and whether alternative measures are also needed to provide a more comprehensive outlook of economic progress. What is GDP and How Is It Used? GDP measures the output of goods and services...
01/29/2013
Publication
President Obama is off to a good start in his second term. "We, the people," he pledged in his second inaugural, "still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity." Amen to that. But as the economy continues its agonizingly slow recovery, his greatest challenge will...
01/28/2013
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Last week, Demos published a study on raising labor standards in the retail sector, "Retail's Hidden Potential." This week the New America Foundation published a paper by Demos Senior Fellow Robert Kuttner that also touches on low-wage work, "Economic Recovery and Social Investment." The post below...
11/29/2012
Blog
The Center of Budget and Policy Priority’s new study on inequality is worth a read, even if the underlying story is, unfortunately, quite familiar. It paints a distressing picture of the current "recovery": A state-by-state examination finds that income inequality has grown in most parts of...
11/20/2012
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Nikole Hannah-Jones has written an important article for ProPublica about how the Fair Housing Act has failed to reduce racial segregation in America's housing market since its passage in 1968 -- or more accurately, how the FHA has been failed by a bipartisan political consensus against...
11/06/2012
Blog
  Just a year ago, Occupy Wall Street commanded attention from the media and politicians alike. Yet last night the central concern of that social movement -- one shared by a majority of Americans -- wasn't even mentioned as both candidates and the moderator ducked the problem of economic...
10/04/2012
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Perhaps the volume hasn't been quite as loud as it was in 2008, perhaps a lot of the discussion has been subsumed into coded language, but the 2012 presidential election is still very much about redistribution: when it's fair, when it isn't, and, perhaps most importantly from a political...
10/01/2012
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As a New Yorker, the idea of surviving in Manhattan on less than $10,000 a year is pretty much unfathomable. But that's the harsh reality that the poorest fifth of Manhattanites face, according to new data from the New York Times.  The wealth gap in this infamous borough is now so large that...
09/20/2012
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Chicago teachers themselves will say it: nobody wanted to go on strike.  But today, after ten months of fruitless efforts to negotiate a fair contract, the city’s classrooms are empty and educators are walking picket lines for the first time in 25 years.  At first glance, the strike...
09/10/2012
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