Inequality’s Deep Roots – The History News of the Week

Inequality’s Deep Roots – The History News of the Week

The biggest history news stories of the last seven days, including an archaeological study into inequality that has an ominous warning for the present, the revelation that what is now Madrid was once arid savanna, and a rethink on the chronology of the Neanderthals.

Inequality Started with the Rise of Agriculture

New research claims that the rise of economic inequality in human societies can be traced all the way back to the dawn of agriculture.Published in the journal Nature , the research involved academics from fourteen different institutions, and was led by Tim Kohler from Washington State University (WSU). […]

Moving up: why social mobility matters


Many government programs seek to help disadvantaged people families. But how good are we at lifting people permanently out of poverty ?

Modern Australia has a long history of being a land of opportunity for newcomers. Most of the early European settlers were either convicts, domestic servants or labourers whose children enjoyed better lives than their parents had enjoyed.

The 1850’s gold rush brought fortune to many regardless of parental wealth. Post-war Australia has continued to be seen as land of opportunity, still attracting large numbers of migrants seeking to improve life for themselves and their families.The foundations of modern Australia […]

The Persistent Inequality of Neighborhoods


America’s surging economic inequality has been blamed for everything from crony capitalism to the displacement of once good-paying jobs by globalization and new technology. But according to a major recent study, the real culprit in both the growing gap between the rich and poor can be traced to the neighborhoods in which we are born and raised.

The study, which expands on the crucial ongoing work of the Harvard sociologist Robert J. Sampson and included in a larger economic mobility report from the St. Louis Fed , examines the rise of neighborhood inequality and its effects on the economic mobility […]

Jobs that use inequalities

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Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A man climbs a ladder.

One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works hard and eventually secures himself a respectable, middle-class life. This “rags to riches” tale embodies one of America’s most sacred narratives: that no matter who you are, what your parents do, or where you grow up, with enough education and hard work, you too can rise the economic ladder.

A body of research has since emerged to challenge this national story, casting the United States not as a meritocracy […]

The Gentrification of City-Based Sitcoms


You might remember this TV show about how a group of homies got along with each other and with urban life in New York City. The characters were all in their 20s and 30s, and some of the guys in this group shared an apartment together. Some of the ladies in the group shared an apartment, too, in the same building as the guys. There was occasional romantic tension between some of the male and female buddies, and some of them even morphed into real romantic couples. There seemed to be no real point to this show other than […]

Inequality has been growing for thousands of years — and it could hint at future societal collapse

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Spencer Platt/Getty A new study of 63 archaeological sites found societies have been getting more unequal for thousands of years.

If left unabated, the trend could result in devastating outcomes, including the downfall of civilized life.

A study of 63 archaeological sites has found that wealth inequality has been growing for thousands of years, beginning with early hunter-gatherer species and leading all the way up to the Information Age.Conducted by 14 different universities, the research describes a growing trend that could have dire consequences for future societies — if they fail to become more equal."People need to […]

Shocking Statistics Show Just How Rich America Is


Unlike the majority of countries, those in America enjoy the promise of economic mobility regardless of where they stand on the economic ladder.

In fact, when you see statistical analysis about how much wealth “the top 1%” has, or how well the “top 20%” is doing relative to the “bottom 20%” over time, we’re comparing people to themselves at different stages at their lives, not rich and poor.

How often have you seen a headline playing off the “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” motif? We’ll hear that the top 20% (but more often the much maligned top […]

The forces behind the highly unequal U.S. wealth distribution

Should-Read: Nick Bunker : : "Two papers… give us some guidance on the forces that have led to such an unequal wealth distribution in the United States… …Jess Benhabib and Alberto Bisin… an overview of previous research… three broad mechanisms or explanations that have been the focus of previous research and consider how much they could help explain this “fat tail” of wealth…. The first mechanism deals with income inequality and how that arises from shocks to individuals’ earnings. The second is related to capital income risk, or differences in the rate of return on investments at different levels […]

4 Ways Repealing the Estate Tax Would Expand the Racial Wealth Gap

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) and Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) sit behind a stack of tax volumes on Capitol Hill, November 8, 2017.

The racial wealth gap in America limits economic mobility and endangers the financial stability of our country. Systematic oppression and discrimination have led to a typical white household in the United States currently maintaining 10 times more wealth than a typical African American household and almost nine times more wealth than a typical Hispanic household. These disparities exist at every income and educational level and have real consequences for working families. Over time, this reality has provided white families with greater financial security, as well as expanded opportunities for educational and economic advancement. Congress is currently debating a proposal […]