Economic Inequality

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The problem with college admissions: a system that perpetuates economic inequality

The recent college admissions scandal, which continues to captivate the nation’s attention, has laid bare the issues that have festered at the heart of college admissions for many years. The government’s indictment of parents who illegally manipulated their children’s applications makes clear how wealthy parents obsess on the prestige of certain colleges. It appears that implicated

How the 1 Percent Is Pulling America’s Cities and Regions Apart

The two gravest challenges facing America today, economic inequality and geographic divides, are increasingly intertwined. Economic inequality has surged with nearly all the growth being captured by the 1 percent, and the economic fortunes of coastal superstar cities and the rest of the nation have dramatically diverged. These two trends are fundamental to a new study by

Want to visualize inequality? View cities from above

FROM THE AIR, drone photography exposes the economic divide within cities. Roads, canals, and fences become barriers that split the land separating the rich and poor. Stark images from Johnny Miller’s series “Unequal Scenes” highlight the uneven development of cities. Makeshift shacks butt against developments in Mumbai. Lots sit empty in Detroit while an adjoining neighborhood

Why Can’t We Close the Racial Wealth Gap?

If the college cheating scandal has reinforced anything, it’s that one of the primary advantages of being wealthy is that the wealthy can buy more advantages. This helps explain why African Americans, who’ve historically been denied wealth, lag in almost every category of society behind whites, who have long benefited from capital extracted from black labor and culture.

Economic Inequality: What It Is and How It Impacts You

It's nearly impossible to read the news these days without running across mentions of economic inequality. In recent months, politicians have debated the merits of raising marginal tax rates on the wealthy, a move proponents say could reduce economic inequalities. Likewise, economic inequality takes center stage when columnists discuss the extreme riches of some of today's business

Londa Schiebinger: Why does gender matter?

Conventional seat belts do not fit pregnant women properly and motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fetal death related to maternal trauma. Analyses of sex differences have led to the development of pregnant crash test dummies that enhance safety in automobile testing and design. In medicine, osteoporosis has been conceptualized primarily as a

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We Know How to Cut Child Poverty in Half. Will We Do It?

In 2008, economist Harry Holzer estimated that child poverty was costing the United States more than $500 billion annually, because of increased health-care costs and criminal-justice expenditures, along with lost economic productivity when children in poverty reach adulthood. No one disputed the findings, but there was no groundswell of support for a legislative response, either. In

The New Monopoly

Market concentration, the economist’s term for how much an industry is dominated by one or a few firms, touches ever more aspects of American life. From the obvious (the Amazons and Walmarts of the retail economy) to the obscure (the beer industry, which may appear diverse, is dominated by two firms), market concentration has increased

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Greater Inequality Will Make India More Vulnerable..

The 2018 Environmental Performance Indicators and the 2018 Global Climate Risk Index together make a distressing argument: that India’s ‘environmental performance’ is the third worst among 180 countries even as it is the 14th most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Many of these effects have already assailed different parts of the country, including heavy rains,

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Bill Gates champions African state investment push..

Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said Sunday that excellent basic health care that would prevent easily treatable but deadly conditions was achievable even in Africa’s poorest nations. “The good news about health is that by spending modest amounts on the prioritized areas, you can get phenomenal benefits,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the African

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Why are out-of-work men so unhappy in the US?

We are in an era of progress paradoxes. Unprecedented gains in technological innovation, poverty reduction, and life expectancy around the world coexist with persistent poverty traps in the poorest countries and increasing inequality and anomie in some of the wealthiest ones. In the U.S., one of the wealthiest countries, we see booming stock markets and

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Women scarce in the one percent

A growing body of research documents the importance of studying households in the top one percent of U.S. income distribution because they control enormous resources. However, little is known about whose income—men’s or women’s—is primarily responsible for pushing households into the one percent and whether women have individual pathways to earning one percent status based

2019-02-22T07:15:11-05:00Tags: |

Jeffrey Sachs: Ending child poverty is within reach

Children are not only our most precious possession but also our most fragile. This may not seem correct: we are reminded constantly of the indomitable human spirit, of children rising from great poverty and hardship to the greatest heights of success. Such examples warm our hearts and yet mislead our judgment. Countless children suffer lifetimes

The UK’s poverty rate is around average for the EU

This viral tweet from the Spectator Index (which is in no way linked to the Spectator magazine) ranks the poverty rate of a number of different countries in Europe. But it’s incorrect to suggest that the UK’s poverty rate is higher than other European countries like Spain, Greece, and Italy as the tweet does. That’s

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Touching lives with sustainable banking

World Bank data indicates that global poverty rate is declining. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of those living in extreme poverty keeps rising. The Nigerian Sustainability Business Principles (NSBP), which was established to reverse the trend and bring better life to Africans, has brought stakeholders in the financial sector together to enhance economic growth

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The Roots of Economic Inequality

The United States is divided by wealth and social class, and the gap is widening. In 1980, according to the World Inequality Report, the richest 10% of the population held just under 35% of national income; by 2016, that share had risen to around 47%. As wealth disparities have widened, so have differences in outcomes.

The world’s paying too high a price for inequality …

Joseph Stiglitz at Columbia University reminded us in the Scientific American this month that just three Americans – Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – account for more wealth than the entire poor half of the US population. As I watched the six pallbearers bringing Walter Kwok Ping-sheung’s coffin out of St John’s Cathedral last Thursday,

The Richest 10% of Americans Now Own 84% of All Stocks

The stock market continues to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite indicators of the country’s health as stocks continue to hit all-time highs. But a shrinking share of Americans are getting rich off the market’s dizzying rise, according to a new analysis. The top 10% of American households, as defined by total wealth, now

Investors Can And Should Address The Fundamental Causes Of Income Inequality

Investors are increasingly aware of the system-level effects of their investments. In a previous post I have written about how the very large asset owners and asset managers have to consider whether their investments are making a positive or negative contribution to the financial, environmental, and social systems that support human life on Earth. Sudden shocks (e.g.,

Economic inequality could cause U.S. debt downgrade, Moody’s says

Economic inequality isn’t just an academic idea, as the recent wave of populist voting has made clear. But a new report suggests that worsening inequality in the U.S. could have financial repercussions for the country. That report, out in early October from the credit-ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service, is called “Government of the United States: