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Success of Indians in the U.S. showcases importance of education


Indian Americans are the wealthiest and most highly educated immigrants in the United States; the secret to their success lies in the selection process in India, says Economics Professor Nirvikar Singh. (Photo by Melissa De Witte) At a moment when immigration to the United States is being challenged at the highest levels of government, the experience of Indian immigrants in America offers valuable lessons about the mutual benefits of open borders.

Indian Americans are the wealthiest and most highly educated immigrants in the country. But there’s nothing special about Indians per se, according to Economics Professor Nirvikar Singh, coauthor of […]

Study: US Cities Have Worse Inequality Than Mexico, With Rich And Poor Living Side-By-Side


Skid Row in Los Angeles, a city where rich and poor live in very close proximity – for better and for worse The cities of the Americas are unequal places.

US census data and recent American Community Surveys show that in most modern American metropolises, resources are unevenly distributed across the city – think New York City’s lower Manhattan versus the South Bronx – with residents enjoying unequal access to jobs, transportation and public space.

In 2014, New York City’s GINI inequality index was 0.48, meaning that income distribution was less even in New York City than in the US […]

Study: US cities have worse inequality than Mexico, with rich and poor living side by side

Study: US cities have worse inequality than Mexico, with rich and poor living side by side

Gentrification has occurred in many North American cities, increasing local income inequality and, in some cases, tensions. Credit: Michael Premo/flickr, CC BY-ND The cities of the Americas are unequal places.

US census data and recent American Community Surveys show that in most modern American metropolises, resources are unevenly distributed across the city – think New York City’s lower Manhattan versus the South Bronx – with residents enjoying unequal access to jobs, transportation and public space.

In 2014, New York City’s GINI inequality index was 0.48, meaning that income distribution was less even in New York City than in the US […]

The South Has the Fastest-Growing Economies and the Least Economic Mobility for the Poor


Atlanta (Source: Wikimedia Commons) The South is booming from an economic standpoint. For proof of this, one need only look at cities such as Atlanta , Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Orlando and Raleigh to understand there is a new South. Of the 20 cities listed on Forbes’ “fastest-growing cities in 2016” list, eight are in the South. Despite this reality, poor people in the South are not sharing in this growth. It is in Dixie — the former Confederacy, the Jim Crow states — where children have the toughest chance of getting ahead. This is where people have the lowest […]

Trump’s Budget Represents His Administration’s Plan for Solving America’s Economic Ills

A woman holds a bag of pears.

(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) After months of speculation, the Trump administration released last week its full budget proposal for 2018. As expected, the budget calls for increases in spending on defense and border security (including funding for a wall along the southern border of the country). It also manages to balance within 10 years (at least it does, according to some extremely sunny GDP growth projections and highly questionable math ) without making any cuts to Medicare and what the administration describes as the "core" function of Social Security—retirement benefits. It’s a feat that Mick Mulvaney, director of the […]

The EU’s plan to fight ‘inequality’ is undermined by its own data – and King Solomon


King Solomon, taken from a Russian patchwork. (Photo credit: Rogacheva Elena. This photo has been cropped and modified. CC BY-SA 3.0.) Economic growth is so vibrant in Europe that it is time to begin redistributing all the excess wealth, according to EU officials in Brussels. The European Commission issued its country-specific resolutions on Monday, and it believes the recovery from the Great Recession has been robust enough for EU members to turn their vision toward combating “economic inequality.”

“This year, addressing inequality is firmly at the heart of our assessment,” said Marianne Thyssen, the EC’s Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, […]

Have Home, Won’t Travel: How Housing Values Impact Labor Mobility


The terms “economic mobility” and “social mobility” are used figuratively to describe ascending the wealth ladder, usually by accruing income. But such mobility can take on a more literal connotation: if a better paying job is across the country it might be worth moving. Anything that restricts a person’s ability to move to a new area inherently limits the employment opportunities available to them, forcing them to either stay in a lower paying job or commute farther for better pay.

In their paper “Housing Equity, Residential Mobility, and Commuting,” Gintautus Bloze and Morten Skak examine to what extent restricted mobility […]

Work vs. economic mobility

For many policymakers, the top two challenges we face when it comes to employment, wealth, and opportunity are that too many people are out of work and that there’s too little economic mobility.

On the first, although unemployment rates are quite low, our labor force participation rates have plummeted in recent decades. My colleagues Nick Eberstadt and Robert Doar have been tracking this phenomenon, and they (and others) have been prolific on the subject. I commend Eberstadt’s Men Without Work and “ Getting Men Back to Work ” by Doar, Orrell, and Holzer. There are lots of ways to measure […]

Editorial: Minnesota above average, but economic inequality persists


This is the second installment in an editorial series called The Changing Face of Minnesota. This year, the ECM Publishers Editorial Board is examining demographic changes and disparities in Minnesota that center around race, wealth, age, region and employment. Years before “the 1 percent” was coined as an invective against deeply uneven U.S. wealth distribution, a Minnesota congressman was tilting his sword at the problem.

The late Martin Sabo, a Minneapolis Democrat, repeatedly introduced a bill called the Income Equity Act to limit corporate tax deductions on executive salaries. His ambition, always thwarted, was to use the tax code […]

Work vs. economic mobility

For many policymakers, the top two challenges we face when it comes to employment, wealth, and opportunity are that too many people are out of work and that there’s too little economic mobility.

On the first, although unemployment rates are quite low, our labor force participation rates have plummeted in recent decades. My colleagues Nick Eberstadt and Robert Doar have been tracking this phenomenon, and they (and others) have been prolific on the subject. I commend Eberstadt’s Men Without Work and “ Getting Men Back to Work ” by Doar, Orrell, and Holzer. There are lots of ways to measure […]