In my latest at Salon I explore a new working paper by political scientists Stephen Ansolabehere and Brian Schaffner, the most comprehensive examination of voters and nonvoters that has ever been performed. As I note my piece, studies of non-voters have been difficult because of small samples and...
It’s not about smart phones, selfies or social media. Millennials aren’t making some of life’s biggest purchases because we’re broke. As James Carville might say, “it’s the economy, stupid.” Reading the money pages of popular publications as a millennial can be infuriating. Every other article...
In the first year after the recession, the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans took home no less than 93 percent of all income gains made in 2010. The lesson is clear: the middle class will not benefit from a growing economy unless progressive policies are in place to deliver widely shared prosperity.
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Thom talks with a panel of experts (Robert Reich, Leo Hindery, Robert Borosage, Heather McGhee and Natalie Foster) on how to "take back the American Dream." The discussion focuses on three key elements: why and how we almost plunged into a second great depression, what kind of future will Americans...
Many educators and parents were stunned by the recent SAT cheating scandal on Long Island, which has led to the arrest of 20 current and former students so far. But there's little surprising about this episode: People cheat when there are rational incentives to do so, and never has it made more...
Are young people better off than their parents? At least when it comes to income, the answer depends on gender. The study, compiled by the non-profit Young Invincibles and the think tank, Demos, looked at wage data for 25- to 34-year-olds in 2010 and compared it to the wages of that same age group...
Effective remedies for growing income disparities require a clear understanding of the forces that have caused them. In their recent book, Winner-Take-All Politics, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have argued that explosive salary growth at the top has been fueled by a more lax regulatory environment...
Income inequality is both a political problem and an economic problem for the United States. Politically, it is clear that income inequality undermines American democracy. In order for our system of representative government to maintain its legitimacy, it is crucial that elected officials remain...
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