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If Americans don’t like the word ‘inequality’, would ‘fairness’ be better?

Alissa Quart

Just in time for last week’s convening of the most powerful and elite in Davos, Oxfam released a disturbing report that 82% of wealth the generated last year went to the richest 1% . Meanwhile, one in five children in rich countries still live in poverty, according to Unicef.

Welcome to the sickeningly unequal distribution of wealth.

These are shameful signs of a society dangerously out of whack. Nevertheless, there’s a battle – and denial over – how we should describe this problem. In some quarters, the word “inequality” itself is rebuked as the culprit. Scholars have even studied why inequality […]

The century gap: Low economic mobility for black men, 150 years after the Civil War

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Editor’s Note:

On Tuesday, September 5th, the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families and the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion initiative will host J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, and William Julius William, author of The Truly Disadvantaged, to further explore the race and class divide in America. To register for this event, please click here.

The legacy of American racism is dominating the headlines again. One of the arguments used against the removal or relocation of Confederate symbols is that “it is simply part of our history”. This is not the case. The results of the enslavement, disenfranchisement […]

Pathways A Magazine on Poverty Inequality and Social Policy

A Social Fallout to the Great Recession? Also in this Issue: Arne Kalleberg on a new era of Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems; Continuity and Change in Pathways: A Magazine on Poverty, Inequality, on Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy, Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality a landmark magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy. Special Issue 2017 · Bold Visions · Spring 2017 · Login. Pathways a magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy. Research · Programs · Publications · News · Subscribe · Contact. Robin Weiss. Winter 2011. S. policy. Dalton Conley, New York University. Pathways a magazine […]

A new report says Hispanic identity is fading. Is that really good for America?


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Last semester, a student of mine named Fernando came to speak with me after the last meeting of my class on Latino identity. He thanked me for getting him to think about not only his roots but his connections with other Latinos, and our contributions to history and culture. He was an engineering student of Colombian ancestry and he’d done a presentation about a 1992 song by Mexican alternative rock group Café Tacuba called “Trópico […]

A new study says much of the rise in inequality is an illusion

Results from these papers are also mixed. Sunday hands me her smartphone and invites me to listen to a recording of her work, which is much better than I expected — though I am not sure what . ‘Predistribution’ is a new word for an old idea – that inequality and poverty should. (Note: see the New Yorker’s helpful infographic about wealth inequality and New York’s subway lines. It’s much more complicated than that. But we believe that the time has come for a new approach. Segregation and the wealth gap According to the Lewis Mumford Center at the […]

Thirteen Economic Facts about Social Mobility and the Role of Education


This Hamilton Project policy memo provides thirteen economic facts on the growth of income inequality and its relationship to social mobility in America; on the growing divide in educational opportunities and outcomes for high- and low-income students; and on the pivotal role education can play in increasing the ability of low-income Americans to move up the income ladder. Chapter 1: Inequality Is Rising against a Background of Low Social Mobility

Central to the American ethos is the notion that it is possible to start out poor and become more prosperous: that hard work—not simply the circumstances you were […]

Report Identifies Steps to Build Pathways Out of Poverty—But Are They Enough?


January 23, 2018, CityLab

While the US has long had a high level of economic inequality, in theory this was balanced in part by the notion that, as President Clinton once put it , “If you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll be rewarded with a good life for yourself and a better chance for your children.” There is at least a grain of truth in Clinton’s nostrum. After World War II, living standards did rise— median wages, adjusted for inflation, went up 95 percent in the quarter century after 1947 . Since the 1970s, however, wages, […]

Remarks by the President on Economic Mobility

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you so much. Please, please have a seat. Thank you so much. Well, thank you, Neera, for the wonderful introduction and sharing a story that resonated with me. There were a lot of parallels in my life and probably resonated with some of you.

Over the past 10 years, the Center for American Progress has done incredible work to shape the debate over expanding opportunity for all Americans. And I could not be more grateful to CAP not only for giving me a lot of good policy ideas, but also giving […]

Economic Mobility and Family Structure: An Interview with Richard Reeves


"I am absolutely convinced that if you can help people to decide when and where they become parents, one of the results would be that more of them would decide to get married first." Tweet This

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“Upper middle-class families have become greenhouses for the cultivation of human capital," writes Brookings Institution senior fellow Richard Reeves in his new book, Dream Hoarders . "Children raised in them are on a different track than ordinary Americans, right from the very beginning.” As he shows in the book, the children of upper middle-class parents enjoy more than just […]

A California city is launching the first US experiment in basic income — meet the 27-year-old mayor behind it

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Steve Jennings/Getty Images Mayor Michael Tubbs, from Stockton, California, announced last October the launch of a basic income experiment in his home city.

The 27-year-old mayor wants to show Stockton can become a cutting-edge city as it recovers from its 2012 bankruptcy.

Tubbs first learned about basic income in college, reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and he hopes the Stockton experiment will lay the foundation for future US studies. Stockton, California made national news last October when it announced it would host the first US experiment in basic income, a system of wealth distribution in […]