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Russell Sage Foundation Seeks Letters of Inquiry for Social Inequality Research

One of the oldest American foundations, the Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” In pursuit of this mission, the foundation now dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, knowledge, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.The foundation’s program on Social Inequality supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequality in […]

Meet the new class traitors who are coming out as rich


They are a minority in this country. Their rituals are often secretive. They have their own lingo, etiquette, schools, neighborhoods, and certain places they visit, seasonally. Typically, they partially hide their identities. But in the last five years, some have started to “come out”, not necessarily in pride but simply out of civic-mindedness. What they are revealing is surprising.

Eric Schoenberg is one of them. “I pay a lower tax rate than you do, which is startling,” Schoenberg, 55, told me. To illustrate this problem, Schoenberg posted portions of his returns online. He wanted to show how much he, a […]

Small slice for poor in growing economic pie

INEQUITABLE access to assets, market and human development not only persists in Pakistan, but is also reinforced every day by a confluence of unequal relations in roles, functions, decisions, rights and opportunities.

Welfare policy, or whatever is left of it, has failed to bring significant improvement for the marginalised. Along with a rise in gross domestic product, a parallel increase in inequality has also been observed and the growth gains have been limited to certain groups with elite access to resources and market participation.

Despite decades of social policy, access to resources and opportunities continues to be determined by race, place […]

Mass Shootings in the US: Some Common Characteristics of the Men That Kill


This week’s massacre at a country music festival in downtown Las Vegas, which left at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured, reminds us that the locations and circumstances of mass shootings in America are unpredictable. But according to one researcher, these tragedies are much less random and inexplicable than media reports and solemn speeches by public officials typically suggest.

The shooters often share three converging characteristics, according to Eric Madfis of the University of Washington, Tacoma, one of the world’s leading experts on mass murderers in the US.

In a 2014 paper published in the journal Men and […]

IMF: higher taxes for rich will cut inequality and won’t hurt growth

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it now favours higher taxes on the rich and has demolished the myth this might adversely affect economic growth.

The authoritative Washington-based think tank in its influential half-yearly monitor also argued for taxes on capital, suggesting a wealth and/or land taxes should be considered, something that will make Gareth Morgan as happy as if the Opportunities Party was in election talks, or even in parliament.

Scaremongers on the Right regularly trot out the high taxes will damage growth fable to scare the electorate and other parties against advocating a more progressive tax regime. Labour has […]

Danbury bucks the trend

In a county, state and country marked by growing income inequality, Danbury stands out.

The Hat City is the least unequal of Connecticut cities over 65,000, and ranks just outside the bottom fourth nationwide, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. And in contrast to the state and nation, which grew more unequal over the last decade, Danbury has actually grown less so.

The city is not immune to the factors that contribute to growing income inequality, including the erosion of the middle class in recent years. But that process has been slower in Danbury than elsewhere, and […]

India, US, China show upward trend in wealth inequality: IMF

Vitor Gaspar, the Director of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, with the Fiscal Monitor report.

Global banking bodies are paying more attention to the top nations of the world, especially their finances. Despite a sharp fall in inequality around the world, the US, China and India have witnessed upward trends in its level, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said earlier this week. Vitor Gaspar, the Director of the IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, with the Fiscal Monitor report. Photo courtesy: IMF The IMF said that despite the relevance of education, health and progress in recent years, gaps of access to quality education and healthcare services between different income groups in the population remained in many […]

Even the IMF now agrees that taxing the rich is the only way to decrease inequality

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Progressive taxation could reduce inequality in developed economies by as much as 30 per cent Conservative attacks on Jeremy Corbyn have sought to characterise the Labour leader as a ‘dinosaur’ from the bad old days of the 1970s.

It’s an ill-conceived tactic at best. An increasingly large chunk of the electorate wasn’t even born then, or, if it was, was too young to have been paying attention to current affairs.

It has little faith in the dark fairy tales of Conservative spin doctors and the latest report from International Monetary Fund ( IMF ) suggest that its scepticism is well founded, […]

The Barriers Stopping Poor People From Moving to Better Jobs


Families moved to better land in 1937 to escape the "Dust Bowl" MERCED, California—Seccora Jaimes knows that she is not living in the land of opportunity. Her hometown has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, at 9.1 percent. Jaimes, 34, recently got laid off from the beauty school where she taught cosmetology, and hasn’t yet found another job. Her daughter, 17, wants the family to move to Los Angeles, so that she can attend one of the nation’s top police academies. Jaimes’s husband, who works in warehousing, would make much more money in Los Angeles, she […]

Inequality increased in China, India and US: IMF


Despite a sharp fall in inequality around the world, the US, China and India have witnessed upward trends in its level, the IMF said today.

The International Monetary Fund said that despite the relevance of education, health and progress in recent years, gaps of access to quality education and healthcare services between different income groups in the population remained in many countries, including in advanced economies.

"If one focused on citizens around the world, global inequality has trended down sharply in recent decades, and that is a change from the upward trend since the beginning of the 19th century," Vitor Gaspar, […]