Is The American Dream On Life Support?

Is The American Dream On Life Support?'Declines in absolute mobility have been a systematic, widespread phenomenon throughout the United States since 1940,' the authors of the new study write.

How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

How Innovation Can Fight Off InequalityInequality is the defining social, political and economic phenomenon of our time. Just 1% of the world’s population now holds over 35% of all private wealth

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are Skating

How Workers Are Being Taxed And Companies Are SkatingTax day is here once more, and tens of millions of Americans will rush to file their income taxes by this year’s deadline of April 18 (rather than April 15 for a variety of reasons). The Conversation 

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go Down

When Food Stamp Benefits Go Up, These ER Visits Go DownIn 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program to address food insecurity in the United States, provided $70 billion in nutrition support to 46.5 million families and children living in 22.7 million American households.

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop Migrants

Why Big, Beautiful Walls Don't Stop MigrantsWalls have a strong political connotation in post-war Europe. The most tragically famous was the Berlin wall built in 1961 to prevent citizens of the DDR (otherwise known as East Germany) from seeking refuge in the West.

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can Eat

US Teens In Poverty Go Hungry So Siblings Can EatA survey of about 1,500 extremely disadvantaged families in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio shows teenagers go without food twice as often as their younger brothers and sisters.

How It Feels When People See You As Less Human

How It Feels When People See You As Less HumanIn a recent study, American participants placed Muslims and Mexican immigrants significantly closer to the ape-like ancestor than Americans as a whole.

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors Together

How Health Insurance Binds Neighbors TogetherAccess to health insurance can help hold a community together socially, and lack of it can help fray neighborhood cohesion, report researchers.

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?

Who Are The Real Forgotten Americans?As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans."

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?

Why Is It So Hard To Close The Racial Health Gap In The US?The racial health gap in the United States is well-documented. The gap starts with the infant mortality rate (11.1 blacks vs. 5.1 whites per 1,000) and extends to almost any health domain.

The Uncomfortable Truth About Social Mobility

The Uncomfortable Truth About Social MobilityIs it okay to talk to your young children? To read them stories at bedtime, discuss the flowers by the bus stop, be attentive as they describe their day? Let’s try another tack.

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Why Donald Trump Should Read The Wizard Of Oz

Donald Trump may have won the American presidency by promoting himself as the candidate for the common people to overthrow the Washington establishment, but this recent populist surge is certainly not the country’s first.

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit Fraud

How Wells Fargo Encouraged Employees To Commit FraudOver the course of four years, at least 5,000 Wells Fargo employees opened more than a million fake bank and credit card accounts on behalf of unwitting customers.

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income Inequality

How Corporate America Can Help Curb Income InequalityScorpion met Frog on a river bank and asked him for a ride to the other side. “How do I know you won’t sting me?” asked Frog. “Because,” replied Scorpion, “if I do, I will drown.” Satisfied, Frog set out across the water with Scorpion on his back. Halfway across, Scorpion stung Frog. “Why did you do that?” gasped Frog as he started to sink. “Now we’ll both die.” “I can’t help it,” replied Scorpion. “It’s my nature.”

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic Plan

Trump's Huge Trickle-Down Economic PlanDonald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but about his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy. And almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else.

Affording Child Care In America

Affording Child Care In AmericaThis week on the presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump took a big step out of traditional Republican territory to propose a federal solution to the high cost of child care. His plan suggests utilizing the tax code to give a break to working parents with young kids.

Weaker Unions Have Also Cut Nonunion Paychecks?

Weaker Unions Have Also Cut Nonunion Paychecks?A dramatic decline in the density of US labor unions since the 1970s has resulted in lower wages for both union and nonunion workers, a new study suggests.

Why A World With Inequality Everywhere Is An Economic Threat

world ineqquality3 9 12There is growing evidence that inequality is increasing not only in Australia but internationally within the advanced industrial economies. The age of endless growth in prosperity for everyone is a distant memory of a more hopeful age.

Lessons From Argentina For Europe's Newly Impoverished Middle Class

Lessons From Argentina For Europe's Newly Impoverished Middle ClassLeading economic think-tank the institute of Fiscal Studies has warned that “middle-income families are the new poor” – a damning indictment of the way poverty in Britain has spread far beyond groups that are traditionally considered poor.

How Class And Wealth Affect Your Health

How Class And Wealth Affect Your HealthInequities in wealth and income are one of the biggest social, economic and political challenges of our time. It’s important to address these inequities for three key reasons.

Economic Inequality Is On The Rise Worldwide

Economic Inequality Is On The Rise WorldwideHere are some conclusions from a recent economics research paper. Do you think the authors are from some left-leaning think tank full of malcontents?

How To Fix America’s Child Care Problem

Advocates need to develop a broad-based support, which includes hearing all voices, such as those of child care workers. U.S. Army, CC BYIn what might be the most contentious election campaign season yet, the main presidential candidates seem to agree on at least one issue – that the policy around child care for American families needs improvement.

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In Inequality

Why Violence Is Deeply Rooted In InequalityLatin America has traditionally been the world’s most unequal region, but it has recently shown signs of change. Through the 2000s, high international prices for exports have brought inequality levels down.

How Poverty Has Radically Shifted Across Europe In The Last Decade

How Poverty Has Radically Shifted Across Europe In The Last DecadeBrexit caps off a turbulent decade for the EU. Many in the eurozone will be hoping that it does not cause further economic turmoil, as it is becoming increasingly clear that the financial crisis of 2008-09 led to a substantial increase in poverty across the continent.

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"

Donald Trump And "Poor White Trash"In her new book,White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg rips apart the myth that the United States is a class-free society where hard work is rewarded by social mobility.

How The Sexism Surrounding Women's Speech Endures

How The Sexism Surrounding Women's Speech EnduresAfter a campaign lasting more than a year and taking in all 50 states, Hillary Rodham Clinton has delivered a speech that will go down in history.

What Factors Influence Income Inequality?

What Factors Influence Income Inequality?Whether it’s by coincidence or causation, the financial collapse of 2008 and 2009 has resulted in growing angst over income inequality.

Racial Inequality Starts Early In Preschool

The rate of suspension is higher for African American girls as well. woodleywonderworks, CC BYOn Wednesday, July 6, the four-year-old daughter of Diamond Reynolds witnessed the killing of Philando Castile by a Minnesota police officer. She and her mother sat in close proximity to Castile when he was shot.

The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill Gates

The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill GatesSorry folks, this isn’t Trump University, I don’t have the plan for you to get rich quick. But it is important for everyone to understand exactly why Bill Gates is very rich. It’s called “copyright protection.”

Why It's So Hard For Students To Have Their Debts Forgiven

Forgive me, for I have borrowed. Peg Hunter/Flickr, CC BY-NCOutstanding student loan debt in the United States reached a record US$1.35 trillion in March, up six percent from a year earlier.

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young People

The Widening Economic Gap Among Young PeopleAcross the world, the current generation of youth has been remarkably active in mobilizing against inequality. From the Arab Spring and the global Occupy movement to many political campaigns across the world, young people are often at the forefront of the fight.

Why Is Rural Broadband Access Still Such A Problem?

digital divide 6 10There is a well-documented “digital divide” between rural and urban areas when it comes to broadband access. As of 2015, 74 percent of households in urban areas of the U.S. had residential broadband connections, compared with only 64 percent of rural households. This gap has persisted over time.

The Women Who Are Taking On Wal-Mart

Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna. Liz Cooke, CC BYPico Rivera is a dusty working-class Latino suburb of Los Angeles. After the school district, Wal-Mart is the city’s largest employer and the source of 10 percent of its tax revenue. More than 500 families in the town depend on income from the store.

Why We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The Rich

pWhy We Must End Upward Pre-distributions To The RichYou often hear inequality has widened because globalization and technological change have made most people less competitive, while making the best educated more competitive. There’s some truth to this. The tasks most people used to do can now be done more cheaply by lower-paid workers abroad or by computer-driven machines.

What’s Destroying the American Middle Class?

What’s Killing the American Middle Class?A new study by the Pew Research Center spurred a rash of headlines last week about “the dying middle class.” But the word “dying” might be more appropriate if we were watching the regrettable but inevitable effects of natural forces at work.

Having Babies Before Age 25 May Cost Women More Income

"Children do not kill careers, but the earlier children arrive the more their mother's income suffers. There is a clear incentive for delaying," says coauthor Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis. (Credit: Thomas Angermann/Flickr)"Children do not kill careers, but the earlier children arrive the more their mother's income suffers. There is a clear incentive for delaying," says coauthor Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis.

How The Supreme Court Made Economic Inequality A Whole Lot Worse

How The Supreme Court Made Economic Inequality A Whole Lot WorseEconomic inequality is now firmly on the public agenda as candidates and voters alike look for someone to blame for stagnant wages, entrenched poverty and a widening gap between rich and poor.

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama Papers

Six Things A Tax Haven Expert Learned From The Panama PapersThe Panama Papers is a treasure trove of information on the activities and clientele of a large, but not atypical law firm operating in an offshore financial centre. In this case, it is a firm called Mossack Fonseca, based in Panama. It follows a series of spectacular leaks by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, including the HSBC files

If We Really Want An Ideas Boom, We Need More Women At The Top Tiers Of Science

Tanya Monro (left), Emma Johnston (centre) and Nalini Joshi (right) at the National Press Club. National Press Club of AustraliaOn Wednesday May 30, Emma Johnston, Nalini Joshi and Tanya Monro spoke at the National Press Club for a special Women Of Science event. Here they outline their views on how to promote greater participation by women at the top levels of science.

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great Depression

U.S. Income Inequality Highest Since The Great DepressionIncome inequality in the United States has been a major flashpoint during the 2016 presidential election, with much debate focused on whether America is divided between “the 1 percent” who make up the wealthy elite and the lagging middle and working classes.

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality Wrong

Why We Have Been Measuring Inequality WrongDespite appearances to the contrary, this year’s presidential follies have managed to feature at least a few policy discussions amid all the name-calling. Income inequality in particular has animated voters on both sides of the partisan divide, but the solutions advocated by candidates from each party are markedly different.

How Gifted, Low-income Kids Are Left Behind

The current process of selection could be leaving out some low-income and minority kids. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, CC BYIn 1983, the National Commission on Excellence in Education published A Nation At Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform, which documented widespread academic underachievement at every level, concluding:

How Your Local Train Station Can Predict Health And Death

Mapping health outcomes and life expectancy against train stations reveals stark inequalities across cities. AAP/Tracey NearmyThe association between life expectancy and postcodes, neighbourhood locations or train stations has been demonstrated in many different locations around the world. These include London and Glasgow in the UK and across the US including California.

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

The Program Helping Youth Unify the Most Segregated City in America

These south side Chicago “explorers” had never seen anything comparable to the legendary Union League Club. The esoteric artwork, luxurious decor, and dapper club members were a far cry from the neighborhood where the group of African American teenagers grew up. And there was no mistaking the reaction on members’ faces: There goes the neighborhood.

Birth Weight Drops With Income In US

Birth Weight Drops With Income In USHealth disparities are common in developed countries, including the United States, but at what age those inequities take root and how they vary between countries is less clear.

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' Club

What's Behind The Curtain Of The Oscar Academy's Old Boys' ClubIn what’s becoming an annual occurrence, we’re in the midst of a highly publicized debate over the lack of diversity among the Oscar-nominated performers and filmmakers. Outside groups, including the NAACP, are up in arms. Several celebrities – some of them Academy members – have announced their intention to boycott the big night.

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About Inequality

How A Basic Income For All Could Change How We Think About InequalityThe idea of a basic income for every person has been popping up regularly in recent years. Economists, think tanks, activists and politicians from different stripes have toyed with the idea of governments giving every citizen or resident a minimum income off which to live. This cash transfer could either replace or supplement existing welfare payments.

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal Business

How Microcredit Has Hurt The Poor And Destroyed Informal BusinessPost-apartheid South Africa provides ample evidence of the debilitating trajectory of the microcredit movement. The expansion of microcredit and the informal microenterprise sector was one of the policy responses of the first democratically elected government.

How To Solve US Rental Housing Affordability

rental afordabilityWe just learned America’s rental affordability crisis is as bad as it’s ever been. Unfortunately, it’s about to get a whole lot worse.

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Teens

How No Strings Attached Money Changes Poor Teens

Increasing poor families’ income can significantly improve their children’s psychological well-being, according to new research.

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than Men

Women Cardiologists Earn About $100K Less Than MenWomen cardiologists often earn less than men—even when taking into account the different types of work they do—a new study suggests. Further, the ranks of women cardiologists remain disproportionally small compared to those in medicine overall.

"Some Of My Friends Are Black" Racism

Some Of My Friends Are Black RacismBen Carson has now overtaken Donald Trump in the national polls as the GOP front-runner. As a black man, I’m not at all sure how I should feel about this.

More Technology Doesn’t Mean Less Inequality

technology and inequalityThe digital divide in Australia is narrowing as more people become internet users. Three billion people globally are online today, with some eight new users every second.

Why Do Female Comedians Disappear After Dark?

Why Do Female Comedians Disappear After Dark?With Trevor Noah debuting as host of The Daily Show, much of the conversation has centered on the 31-year-old South African’s race and age.

How Corporations Made Our Justice System Just for Them

How Corporations Made Our Justice System Just for ThemThe Supreme Court twisted a 1925 law to undermine the interests of citizens, employees and small business. Companies, of course, hire arbitration firms that rule in favor of companies.

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