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Dedicated to the notion that our world would be considerably more caring, prosperous, and democratic if we narrowed the vast gap that divides our wealthy from everyone else.

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Tracking Inequality

The Fed Finds an America Deeply Divided

The ‘average’ U.S. family is doing just fine, suggests the Federal Reserve’s latest triennial portrait of household wealth. But typical Americans are struggling something awful. Could both be true?

September 6, 2014

How Inequality Hurts

America’s Distinctly Unequal Playing Fields

Teenagers are learning lessons — about inequality — on America’s high school gridirons. When are their elders going to catch on?

September 13, 2014

Executive Pay

Must Modern Economies Nurture Narcissism?

To really take on grandiosity and greed, a new report from a prestigious CEO pay watchdog suggests, we may need to shove onto the global political stage the notion of a maximum wage.

July 19, 2014

Defective Enterprises

The Big Tip that America’s Servers Never See

The CEOs of America’s 20 largest restaurant chains must be providing diners some mighty fine service. Their ‘performance’ is costing Uncle Sam nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year.

April 27, 2014

Taxing Progressively

Taxes, the Rich, and Our Known Universe

Pundits and political scientists are always searching for that simple theory that’ll explain just what makes our politics tick. Where should they be looking? How about in the eyes of a billionaire at tax time?

April 13, 2014

Alternate Approaches

Inequality and the USA: A Nation in Denial?

America’s top central bankers didn’t make time for inequality at their annual hobnob last week. Over in Germany, the world’s Nobel Prize winners in economics did. But few Americans noticed.

August 24, 2014

Good Reads

New

The Rich Don’t Always Win. Really.

The Rich Don't Always WinA century ago, just like today, the rich dominated American economic and political life. But by the mid 20th century a mass middle class had shrunk this rich down to democratic size. How did that ever happen?

Notable

How Our Inequality Limits Our Lives

This American Library Association “outstanding title” of the year explores the price we pay for massive inequality. Now available for reading online.

Classic

Why Greater Equality Makes Us Stronger

The Spirit LevelBy every measure that matters, relatively equal nations outperform nations where income and wealth concentrate at the top. This powerful new book explores these contrasts — and explains them.

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Quote of the Week

“Overall, the higher the level of income inequality in a county, the higher the reported rate of maltreatment of children tends to be. That is true no matter what the average family income happens to be.”
John Eckenrode, The link between child abuse and income inequality, Scholar’s Strategy Network, September 20, 2014

Stat of the Week

The general public in the developed world, says new survey data from 2012 highlighted last week in the Harvard Business Review, would like to see a much smaller gap between CEO and worker wages. The ideal gap? No public in any of the 16 major nations surveyed wants to see CEOs making over nine times what workers receive. The U.S. public puts the ideal gap at 6.7 times. America’s actual gap in 2012: 354 times.

Greed at a Glance

New survey data on public attitudes toward wealth and the wealthy . . . The next new thing in personal submarines . . . America’s horrible luxury housing shortage.

Executive Pay Scorecard

Top media outlets and business researchers annually release compensation surveys that detail executive pay levels over the preceding year. These surveys seldom sample the same corporations — or measure pay the exact same way — and, consequently, almost always generate somewhat different results. We sum up the latest top national and regional survey results here.

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