Topic Economic Inequality

Economic inequality is the unequal distribution of income and wealth and it has been rising in the United States in recent decades. Questions about whether and how this rise in inequality affects economic growth and stability are fundamental to Equitable Growth’s work, which explores how economic inequality impacts individuals and families across a wide range of issues, and what policies might address these challenges.

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The inequitable consequences of ‘heat islands’ within the metropolitan areas of the United States and what to do about it

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Six charts that explain how inequality in the United States changed over the past 20 years

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Why the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is good economics

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In Conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran

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The logistics of a reparations program in the United States

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Gender wage inequality in the United States: Causes and solutions to improve family well-being and economic growth

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American Sociological Association 2022 conference highlights inequities among vulnerable U.S. populations

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Factsheet: Is the U.S. economy in a recession, and how does recession dating work?

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The economic evidence behind the Inflation Reduction Act and why it will boost strong, broad-based economic growth

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The inequitable consequences of ‘heat islands’ within the metropolitan areas of the United States and what to do about it

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NBER Summer Institute 2022 Round-up: Week 3

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NBER Summer Institute 2022 Round-up: Week 2

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Equitable Growth welcomes R. Jisung Park as a visiting scholar to examine economic impacts of climate change

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New working paper examines the evolution of economic thought on the impact of technological change in the labor market

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LGBTQ+ Economic Data and Disparities: What We Still Need to Know

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Canada is the first country to release subannual statistics on the distribution of income. Here’s how it was done.

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Why the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is good economics

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New U.S. Census Bureau data show significant economic disparities among the LGBTQ+ community

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