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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In Conversation with Mehrsa Baradaran

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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The logistics of a reparations program in the United States

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Eight graphs that tell the story of U.S. economic inequality

Inequality & Mobility
Vision 2020

A plan for equitable climate policy in the United States

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
Coronavirus Recession

The coronavirus recession and economic inequality: A roadmap to recovery and long-term structural change

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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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Voting rights equal economic progress: The Voting Rights Act and U.S. economic inequality

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The Effect of Political Power on Labor Market Inequality: Evidence from the 1965 Voting Rights Act

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Expert Focus: The consequences of economic inequality among Latinx groups in the United States

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Can policymakers reverse the unequal decline in middle-age U.S. homeownership rates?

Tax & MacroeconomicsInequality & MobilityFamilies
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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: September 16–28 Edition

Inequality & Mobility
Coronavirus Recession

Policy prescriptions for the flawed and unequal retirement savings systems that perpetuate U.S. economic inequality

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
Coronavirus Recession

New wealth data show that the economic expansion after the Great Recession was a wealthless recovery for many U.S. households

Inequality & Mobility
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Equitable Growth’s household pulse graphs: September 2–14 edition

Inequality & Mobility
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The hidden costs of stock-market-first U.S. economic policies

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesTax & Macroeconomics
Coronavirus Recession

Main Street’s workers, families, and small businesses are now suffering as Wall Street prospers from policies to fight the coronavirus recession

CompetitionTax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
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Wage discrimination and the exploitation of workers in the U.S. labor market

LaborInequality & MobilityFamilies
Coronavirus Recession

College football’s inequality dilemma amid the coronavirus recession

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