On June 19, 1865 – 155 years ago – black Americans celebrating the day of Jubilee, later known as Juneteenth, may have expected a shot at real opportunity.
The importance of remote work, also known as telecommuting, is evident during the current COVID-19 crisis.
Long after the COVID-19 health emergency ends, many Americans will still suffer from the long tail of the pandemic’s economic devastation.
The 1-square-mile neighborhood mixes small, ranch-style homes with auto body shops, metal fabricators and industrial supply warehouses, and is hemmed in on its four sides by state highways and interstates.
Policymakers are beginning to decide how to reopen the American economy. Until now, they’ve largely prioritized human health
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Amidst the upheavals, it has laid bare how little we normally pay for “women’s work”.
The jump in federal spending in response to the crisis of the coronavirus pandemic is not a new idea.
The coronavirus can infect anyone, but recent reporting has shown your socioeconomic status can play a big role, with a combination of job security, access to health care and mobility widening the gap in infection and mortality rates between rich and poor.
Every crisis shows cracks in the current system and points a glaring spotlight on the inequities that were overlooked before.
We hear a lot right now about tensions between different generations: baby-boomers versus millennials, for example.
Slow internet connections or limited access from homes in rural areas can contribute to students falling behind academically, according to a new study
A great deal of attention is being paid to the future of work and its impact on Canadians. Often missing from the discussion is the extent to which different workers will be included or excluded from the changing labour market.
Paying back student loans is not an easy thing to do. One out of every 5 borrowers with outstanding student loan debt has fallen behind their payments.
A banking desert is an area without traditional financial institutions and services. They are common in rural areas because large financial institutions are reluctant to operate in less populated areas that are less profitable.
There’s a degree of irony in the fact that Bombshell, the movie about the fall of Fox News boss and serial sexual harasser Roger Ailes, was awarded an Oscar for make-up and hairstyling.
If you thought workers’ hourly pay was finally rising, think again. At first glance, the latest data – which came out on Feb. 7 – look pretty good.
It’s hardly surprising that if a Democrat wins the White House, taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations will probably go up. How they’ll go up is the more interesting question.
What do we mean when we talk about “socialism”? Here are ten things about its theory, practice, and potential that you need to know.
While companies might reap significant gains in productivity from automating certain jobs, this won’t necessarily lead to pay rises for everyone.
It’s no secret that the biggest gains in the growing global economy are reaped by the extremely wealthy.
According to Atheendar Venkataramani, the study’s lead author and a professor in the university’s Perelman School of Medicine, economic instability can affect people’s mental well-being and drive up the risk of substance abuse.
In such a world, a full-time minimum wage worker would be earning $48,000 a year in the United States.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,
The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers — my generation — and millennials.Millennials aren’t teenagers anymore.
An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins.
Rural school closures are causing as much, if not more, upheaval as what’s going on when public schools in Chicago and other cities close.
Hermit crabs can teach us about wealth inequality, according to a new study.
Some of the most hated companies in the U.S. are also the most profitable.
The double-standards of gender “rules” in society have been disconcertingly evident of late.
Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide – secrecy and stigma around the issue continue.
The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections.
People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for survival. But do they ever think about their access to microbes?
Numerous anti-government protests have paralyzed cities across the globe for months, from La Paz, Bolivia, to Santiago, Chile, and Monrovia, Liberia, to Beirut.
Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wageto US$15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has thrived.
There's An Obvious Reason Wages Aren't Growing, But You Won't Hear It From Treasury Or The Reserve Bank
Wages growth for Australian workers is among the worst in the industrialised world.
Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build his border wall.
Migration is getting increasing attention in Australia, with the Morrison government recently putting the focus on settling migrants in regional areas to ease pressure on the capital cities.
Women who work in the arts or services industries, and who are young, are the ones most likely to be working more than one job.
Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.
News reports from across America tell of vehicle residents from virtually every background attempting to settle in cities. They find themselves essentially blocked from local communities and social services, because there are few parking spaces to leave their home where it is safe from tickets or from being towed.
Efforts to decrease gender inequality, such as tuition-free primary education and paid parental leave, transform norms and improve health for women and their children, according to a new study.
The UK is experiencing record levels of employment, with over 32m people in work. But many workers and their families continue to struggle to survive financially
The idea of the living wage is back on the political agenda. In the United States the Democrats are proposing to double the federal minimum wage.
Robert Reich and W. Kamau Bell explain the criminalization of poverty and the flaws in our criminal justice system.
Less than half of school-aged children in the United States are flourishing, research finds.
So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued.
A college education can set you up for a lifetime – though it can come with a hefty price tag
Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez’s latest book is an essential if enraging read.
Dollar Stores Are Taking Over the Grocery Business, and It’s Bad News for Public Health and Local Economies
A new report shows growth of dollar stores in low-income and rural communities furthers inequity and pushes out local businesses.
Robert Reich debunks 12 misconceptions about tax policy in America.
Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?
Society’s expectations about gender roles alter the human brain at the cellular level, according to a new paper.
Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms – from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters such as predictive policing.
As millions of people tune in to watch the Final Four, much of their focus will be on the numbers on the scoreboard.
To end austerity and make the economy work better for the whole country requires transforming the tax system.
No matter how you slice the data, women in the U.S. earn a lot less than men. A typical woman working full-time makes 81 cents for every dollar a man earns, little more than the 77 cents she got a decade ago.
“Our Country is FULL!” U.S. President Donald Trump recently tweeted. He was referring to immigrants, but the rhetorical tweet begs the question: Can a country ever be full?
What and how a country chooses to tax says a lot about its values. A core value built into the DNA of America, for example, is equality.
President Trump enthusiastically declared on March 26, 2019, that Republicans will be known as “the party of health care.” He also ordered the Justice Department to defend the ruling of a Texas judge that seeks to eliminate the Affordable Care Act in its entirety during the appeals process.
If we really care about protecting the people who make the things we wear and use, we need to raise wages for workers in supply chains to above the poverty line.
American congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently shook up environmental politics by releasing a broad outline of a Green New Deal – a plan to make the US a carbon-neutral economy in the next ten years, while reducing both poverty and inequality.
One of the claimed benefits of a living wage is that employees will spend most of their extra income, resulting in large increases in national spending, national income, and even the tax take.
Federal attorneys have arrested 50 people in a college admission scam that allowed wealthy parents to buy their kids’ admission to elite universities.
Mexico City, 1970. Cleo’s alarm sounds very early in the morning. She gets up and climbs down the stairs from her rooftop room in the upper middle class house where she lives and works.
At the heart of the greatest works of Ancient Greek literature are mighty acts of revenge.
A decade ago, on Jan. 29, 2009, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama signed his first bill into law: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009.
Another year, another list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. And another round of Michelin stars, Good Food Guide hats, and Gourmet Traveller Top 100 Restaurants in Australia.
Many of our festive traditions – from exchanging cards and pulling crackers to decorating trees – were popularized by the Victorians.
The Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing the African-American teenager Laquan McDonald; 14 of those shots were apparently fired while McDonald lay on the ground.
Just like the rest of us, the rich and powerful have had to accept that youth is fleeting, that strength and health soon fail, and that all possessions must be relinquished within a few decades.
As a sociologist who studies feminist activism, I often get asked when and how the #MeToo movement is going to trickle down. This is a fair question, and not one easy to answer.
In the wake of controversial and widely publicized incidents involving the use of deadly force by the police against racial and ethnic minorities, President Obama appointed the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing in 2015 to propose ways to improve policing in the U.S.
Forida, 22, lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh, with her infant son and husband. They live in a dark compound built mostly of tin and wood with six other families and just one toilet. It floods and leaks when it rains, and beside the compound is a polluted pond that attracts mosquitoes. Forida says that if she were paid a little more money, she could one day send her son to school. She could live happily; her family could live a better life.
Sorry to deliver the news, but it’s time to worry about the next crash. The combination of stagnant wages with most economic gains going to the top is once again endangering the economy.
There is a significant perception gap between what the general public think about why people become homeless, and what people who have experienced homelessness say
One in every five people in the UK today are living in poverty – that is, living with a household income below 60% of the median national income when housing costs are considered. Food is a key component of household budgets. Poverty is linked directly to how people access food.
A family in India needs fresh water. But this family can’t just turn on a tap. Instead, the women in the household must walk to fetch it, sometimes travelling miles carrying plastic or earthenware pots, possibly with a child or two in tow, to the nearest safe source – regularly repeating the journey up to three times a day.
Halloween is a time when cultural norms are turned upside down: we encourage children to dress up as creatures from nightmares – witches, zombies, vampires – and we send them out to wander the streets in the dark, demanding sweets from strangers.
The purpose of our social, economic and political systems is to enable all Australians to lead good lives. Australia is doing well on some fronts. It ranks third out of 188 countries on the UN Human Development Index, which takes into account life expectancy, education and national income per capita. We also rank 19th on national income per capita.
You might expect that the more equal opportunities in these countries might reduce other differences between the genders, such as what kind of jobs people are more likely to have, or personality traits such as kindness or a tendency for risk-taking.
Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same period, the income share of wealthy Dutch hasn’t budged?
If the United States doesn’t address rising inequality, the middle class could start feeling the effects in the form of fewer government services, one expert says.
Newly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers have created an interactive, map-based tool—the Opportunity Atlas—that can trace the root of people’s outcomes, such as poverty or incarceration, to the neighborhoods in which they grew up.
Few things are more annoying than spending a large sum of money on a purchase, only to discover that someone else got the same thing for a lower price. This often happens with airfares. You go the same website, search the same airline, choose the same seat row and fare conditions, but you’re offered a different price depending on when and where you do it. Why?
For millions of American women – both those who’ve survived assault and those who have experienced workplace harassment – seeing a man on the path to promotion despite allegations of harassment is jarring yet painfully familiar.
In the early days of industrial capitalism there were no protections for workers, and industrialists took their profits with little heed to anyone else.
In the last decade or more, economic growth has slowed across the Western world, although a belated though weak recovery has been under way since around 2017.
Racial wealth inequality was an important factor contributing to the riots in many American cities in the 1960s, but a half-century later, the issue has gotten short shrift, researchers report.
Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation.
Australia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s. This inequality takes many forms, not least between suburbs and neighbourhoods. And our research suggests the few celebrated examples of famous Australians who emerged from disadvantaged neighbourhoods are the exceptions to the rule for children who grow up in them.
American workers’ occupational status reflects that of their parents more than previously known, a new study shows.
The findings reaffirm more starkly that the lack of social mobility in the United States is in large part due to the occupation of our parents.
Many Americans deeply believe that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. After all, individual responsibility is a core American value. Too much emphasis on an individual’s responsibility, however, may result in overlooking the societal and historically causes that keep racial minorities such as blacks at an economic and health disadvantage.
Scholars of international political economy, such as myself, recognize that trade hasn’t always been good for poorer Americans. However, the economic fundamentals are clear: Tariffs make things worse. Tariffs are a tax on imports. As taxes go up, so do the prices of foreign goods. Unfortunately, protecting a few narrow industries can generate much broader costs. Not least, consumers now have to pay more for everyday goods.
Women comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives.
Life expectancy in the UK varies dramatically depending on where you live. As a recent BBC Panorama investigation highlighted, “the rich live longer and the poor die younger”.
According to a May 2018 report from the Pew Research Center, since 2000, suburban counties have experienced sharper increases in poverty than urban or rural counties.
An increasing number of people are sleeping outside in tents, doorways, and under bridges. In the United States, 192,875 people were unsheltered on a given night in January 2018, a 9% increase from 2016.