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Digging into the data: How attainable is the California Dream today?

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Digging into the data: How attainable is the California Dream today? FIRST IN AN OCCASIONAL SERIES

Editor’s note: Is the California Dream still valid? Compared to the rest of the nation, we are expensive – and making ends meet gets tougher for many of us each year. We have the nation’s highest rates for poverty and income inequality and we face a deepening housing-affordability crisis. Our state has an unfunded debt approaching $400 billion for public-employee retirement and billions more for outstanding bonds. Add to that a massive infrastructure backlog. And yet, many argue, Californians are more diverse, […]

Digging into the data: How attainable is the ‘California Dream’ today?

Digging into the data: How attainable is the ‘California Dream’ today?

No one has the exact same definition of the California dream. Ask the 39 million current Californians about what the dream should be, and aside from most of us agreeing that the daily temperature should dip no colder than the mid-‘50s, you’ll likely get 39 million very different answers.

But the so-called “Golden Era” of California—that faded Technicolor image of a magical time in the 1960s when as soon as you crossed the stateline Ronald Reagan would hand deliver you a two-story house and 2.5 children and tiki-themed patio furniture—still seeps into our expectations of life here. This story is […]

Digging into the data: How attainable is the California Dream today?


John Osborn D’Agostino, CALmatters No one has the exact same definition of the California dream. Ask the 39 million current Californians about what the dream should be, and aside from most of us agreeing that the daily temperature should dip no colder than the mid-‘50s, you’ll likely get 39 million very different answers.

But the so-called “Golden Era” of California—that faded Technicolor image of a magical time in the 1960s when as soon as you crossed the stateline Ronald Reagan would hand deliver you a two-story house and 2.5 children and tiki-themed patio furniture—still seeps into our expectations of life […]

Opinion: Challenging India’s increasing inequality – Comment,Politics & Economics,South Asia


India is a country I visit frequently; I long ago fell for its charm, its rich culture and the warmth of its people. Now, there is a vibrancy to its economy to match its undeniable spirit. It is one of the fastest growing in the world with a GDP growth of 7.8 percent (The Economist, 2018) that, in spite of some slowing down, is projected to overtake both the UK and French economies in 2018 and become the fifth largest economy in the world. Latest estimates from the World Economic Forum in Davos indicate that India’s contribution to global […]

Latin America: Is there a solution for economic inequality?

Latin America: Is there a solution for economic inequality?

Latin America is the region with the greatest economic inequality in the world. Calculations of the humanitarian organization Ofxam, carried out in 2016, indicated that if this situation does not improve, by 2022 the richest 1% of the region would have more wealth than 99% of the remaining population.

Poverty is the main indicator of economic inequality for a country. In 2016, in Latin America it was estimated that 186 million people lived in poverty and another 61 million in extreme poverty. According to Ofxam statistics, 27% of world growth has been in the hands of the richest 1%, while […]

Elevate CA: It’s Not More Jobs—-It’s More Good Paying Jobs

CA Fwd President and CEO Jim Mayer testifying at Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building a 21st Century Workforce hearing in Norco, CA (Credit: Ed Coghlan/CAFwd) There are 5 million—that’s 5 MILLION—Californians who have jobs that pay only minimum wage. As attendees listened to a California Legislature hearing held at Norco College last Friday, another striking fact really jumped out: A sizeable number of those jobs are held by people who are the main wage earner in their households.

“We have plenty of minimum wage jobs. What we need are more living wage jobs,” Assembly Member Sabrina […]

Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future


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"Everyone concerned about the toxic effects of inequality must read this book."–Robert B. Reich"This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read on economic inequality in the US."–William Julius WilsonSince the Great Recession, most Americans’ standard of living has stagnated or declined. Economic inequality is at historic highs. But inequality’s impact differs by race; African Americans’ net wealth is just a tenth that of white Americans, and over recent decades, white families have accumulated wealth at three times the rate of black families. In our increasingly diverse nation, sociologist Thomas M. Shapiro argues, […]

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income

A man climbs a ladder.

One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works hard and eventually secures himself a respectable, middle-class life. This “rags to riches” tale embodies one of America’s most sacred narratives: that no matter who you are, what your parents do, or where you grow up, with enough education and hard work, you too can rise the economic ladder.

A body of research has since emerged to challenge this national story, casting the United States not as a meritocracy […]

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 […]