Inequality

Opponents of income redistribution often argue that taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots is at odds with individual rights.  But here's a simple fact: There is no surer way to lose all your individual rights than to be dead. And evidence keeps mounting that people with lower...
03/11/2013
Blog
The debate over inequality tends to focus on things like tax policy, unions, corporate greed, and globalization. Scholars are well aware that technology has been a major driver of inequality -- by allowing the owners of capital to make more money with lower labor costs -- but policy types don't...
03/05/2013
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A new study from Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy shows a dramatic increase in the wealth gap between white and African-American families from 1984 to 2009. The study is remarkable in its depth, as it followed the same set of families over the 25-year period. The...
03/04/2013
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Any political movement that is going to succeed in America needs to be able to credibly promise that it can raise living standards for ordinary Americans. For the past forty years, this imperative didn't dog the right as much as it might have because non-material "wedge issues" proved so potent. As...
02/21/2013
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“It's just dumb to approach retirement with a bunch of credit-card debt.”  That’s the response of one personal finance expert to a recent Demos study on older Americans and credit card debt. My research found that among low- and middle-income Americans carrying credit card...
02/21/2013
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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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