Category Archives: Mobility

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, […]

Essay: What is economic segregation, and why does it matter?


neighborhood 2.png To best describe San Antonio’s struggle with extreme economic disparity, you’re better off using the term “economic segregation,” not “income inequality.”

Economic segregation in San Antonio means that wealth is concentrated into very select pockets of the city. It keeps neighborhoods divided: politically, academically, and culturally. The result is a city where some places are zones of incredible opportunity while other places dramatically limit people’s ability to thrive.

Here, we’re going to explain why “economic segregation” — and not “income inequality” — is the right framework for understanding San Antonio’s most significant social challenge — and why it matters […]

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America


For rural Americans who don’t have access to cars, basics like grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments can turn into an arduous struggle. With few transit options at low densities, the expense and hassle of finding an alternative ride can mean important appointments simply get skipped.

That’s a problem. Rural communities increasingly reflect a group of people who don’t drive—they’re older, less mobile, and poorer. That’s the gist of a new report by the American Public Transit Association. While transit systems in large urban centers rightly draw most attention from advocates, ignoring the growing demand for service in far-flung towns risks […]

Ethnic Inequality in the Aloha State


Students of Kaleipuu Elementary in Waipahu welcome the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific. After decades of tracking socio-economic and educational statistics and trends, a UH Mānoa professor charges that people in Hawai‘i appear to be quite tolerant of ethnic inequality. Professor Jonathan Okamura says ethnic inequality here plays out in the same way racism does in other places. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports. Jonathan Okamura is a Professor of Ethnic Studies at UH Manoa. His current research on “Unequal Opportunity: Ethnic Inequality in Public Education in Hawaii” was published recently by the Hawaii State Teachers’ Association. Jonathan Okamura […]