GOBERNAR PARA LAS ÉLITES Secuestro democrático y desigualdad económica

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Viviendas de las clases medias acomodadas se elevan sobre las comunidades hacinadas en Lucknow, India. Foto: Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam

La desigualdad económica crece rápidamente en la mayorÃa de los paÃses.La riqueza mundial está dividida en dos: casi la mitad está en manos del1% más rico de la población, y la otra mitad se reparte entre el 99%restante. El Foro Económico Mundial considera que esta desigualdadsupone un grave riesgo para el progreso de la humanidad. La desigualdadeconómica extrema y el secuestro de los procesos democráticos por partede las élites son demasiado a menudo interdependientes. La falta decontrol en las instituciones polÃticas produce […]

What income inequality looks like across Australia

What income inequality looks like across Australia

With affordable houses increasingly out of reach , wage growth slow and household debt high , Australians are certainly feeling poor. But how do they compare to their neighbours? New Census data confirms there’s a lot of variability in income.

The Census breaks the country up into 349 geographic regions (named in quote marks below), some of which cover more than one major town and some of which group related suburbs within cities. We examined 331 of these regions, excluding those containing fewer than 1,000 households.

The data show there are high levels of income inequality within these regions. A simple […]

What income inequality looks like across Australia

With affordable houses increasingly out of reach , wage growth slow and household debt high , Australians are certainly feeling poor. But how do they compare to their neighbours? New Census data confirms there’s a lot of variability in income.

The Census breaks the country up into 349 geographic regions (named in quote marks below), some of which cover more than one major town and some of which group related suburbs within cities. We examined 331 of these regions, excluding those containing fewer than 1,000 households.

The data show there are high levels of income inequality within these regions. A simple […]

Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?


Cecilia Mo thought she knew all about growing up poor when she began teaching at Thomas Jefferson senior high school in south Los Angeles. As a child, she remembered standing in line, holding a free lunch ticket. But it turned out that Mo could still be shocked by poverty and violence – especially after a 13-year-old student called her in obvious panic. He had just seen his cousin get shot in his front yard.

For Mo, hard work and a good education took her to Harvard and Stanford. But when she saw just how much chaos and violence her LA […]

Where you were born could impact your economic success: study

Calgary skyline.

Calgary skyline. If you were born in Alberta, Saskatchewan and southwestern Ontario, you have a better chance of breaking out of poverty, according to a new study.

The study by the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group found these areas were associated with lower poverty and less inequality.

The study’s author, University of Ottawa economics professor Miles Corak, said that in Alberta, people who were born wealthy were also the most likely to retain that wealth. A map of Canada illustrates the impact your geographical location has on intergenerational economic mobility. Researchers used data from Statistics Canada to analyze […]

Meet Camille Busette, new director of the Race, Place, and Economic Mobility Initiative

Camille Busette, Senior Fellow, Director of Place, Race, and Economic Mobility

Camille Busette I’m Camille Busette , I’m a senior fellow in Governance Studies and I head up the new Race, Place, and Economic Mobility initiative here at Brookings.

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in a variety of places actually, which I think has made me very much who I am. I was born in Los Angeles. I grew up in New York City, and then toward the end of high school my family moved to Sacramento, California where I finished up high school; and then I went on to University of California, Berkeley for […]

English Subtitles for How economic inequality harms societies – Richard Wilkinson

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Is it inequality of income we care about — or inequality of opportunity?


Is it inequality we care about, or inequality of opportunity? (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post) Inequality may well be the issue of our time. But is it inequality of income we care about, or inequality of opportunity? And what is opportunity — the opportunity to do better than our parents, or better than ourselves at an earlier age, or does it mean doing better relative to everyone else? Can some of us get wealthier without making others poorer? Would inequality recede if we just had more economic growth?

These questions animate two new books. One is “ Dream Hoarders: How the […]

The 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover

The 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Handover

Image Credit: REUTERS/Bobby Yip A Discussion with Richard Bush

July 1 marked the 20 th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to the People’s Republic of China. After two decades under Chinese sovereignty, Hong Kong’s political system is showing cracks. Yet a political reform process intended to give Hongkongers the power to elect their own leaders has remained stalled since 2015. Meanwhile, the territory’s persistent political inequality, growing economic inequality, and increasingly polarized political environment point to major decisions ahead for Beijing and the Hong Kong government. In this interview, Richard Bush, former National Intelligence Officer for East […]

This is Not Your Parents’ Economy


Illustration: Jonathan Bartlett Inequality is putting the American Dream in peril.

By Rebecca Beyer

M elissa Agnew lives in Charlotte, N.C., a city that ranks high on affordability scales. It’s said to be one of the most desirable places to purchase a home, and a top destination for job-seeking college graduates and newlyweds.But Agnew doesn’t own a home or have a college degree. She went through a painful divorce several years ago, and, even though she was working at the time, the city was anything but affordable for her when she suddenly became the sole breadwinner for her two […]