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US Inequality

The Rising Costs of U.S. Income Inequality

Laura Tyson | Posted 02.06.2015 | World
Laura Tyson

The U.S. is caught in a vicious circle: rising income inequality breeds more inequality in educational opportunity, which generates greater inequality in educational attainment. That, in turn, translates into a waste of human talent, a less educated workforce, slower economic growth and even greater income inequality.

Is President Obama a Laggard or a Leader on Inequality?

Paul O'Brien | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Paul O'Brien

Oxfam's analysis of State of the Union Addresses over the past 100 years shows no president has spoken less about inequality since the Great Depression. Will Obama change that tonight?

Kathleen Miles

The State With The Most Rich People Also Has The Highest Poverty Rate | Kathleen Miles | Posted 11.15.2013 | Business

California has both the most ultra-wealthy individuals and the highest poverty rate of any U.S. state, according to recent reports. "This chasm is ...

Jan Diehm

LOOK: Inequality In U.S. Is Scarily High, Rising | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

President Obama acknowledged Monday that inequality is on the rise "even though the economy is growing." That growth hasn't helped many people who los...

The Good, the Fair, and the Ugly: Understanding the New Census Report on Poverty, Income, and Health Coverage

Bob Greenstein | Posted 11.13.2012 | Business
Bob Greenstein

The drop in income of the median household -- the household exactly in the middle of the income distribution -- was tied to a substantial rise in income inequality.

The Problem With U.S. Inequality

Daron Acemoglu | Posted 05.11.2012 | Politics
Daron Acemoglu

Economic inequality will lead to greater political inequality, and those who are further empowered politically will use this to gain a greater economic advantage by stacking the cards in their favor -- a quintessential vicious circle.

Robert Reich: U.S. Won't Recovery Until The Country Tackles Inequality

Posted 11.05.2011 | Business

THE 5 percent of Americans with the highest incomes now account for 37 percent of all consumer purchases, according to the latest research from Moody...

CHART: 15 Facts About Income Inequality That Everyone Should Know

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 06.05.2011 | Business

It might have taken a near-historic recession for many Americans to notice our country's rapidly rising levels of income inequality, but the gap betwe...

American Kleptocracy: How Fears of Socialism and Fascism Hide Naked Theft

William J. Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William J. Astore

If we were to take an honest look at America's "losers" and "winners," we'd have to admit there weren't signs of onrushing socialism or fascism, but of staggeringly self-aggrandizing greed and theft right in the here and now.

Inequality In Major US Cities Rivals Africa: Report

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Major U.S. cities including New York, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans have levels of economic inequality that rival cities in Africa, according to...