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
Vision 2020

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

LaborTax & MacroeconomicsInequality & Mobility
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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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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: October 14 – 26

Inequality & Mobility
Vision 2020

Economic policy guides to reduce inequality for the 2020 U.S. election-year presidential and congressional transition

Inequality & Mobility
Coronavirus Recession

Scholars and advocates say racial disparities and worker power are key to the coronavirus recession and to long-term U.S. economic recovery

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Coronavirus Recession

Why minimum wages are a critical tool for achieving racial justice in the U.S. labor market

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Lisa Cook, Hilary Hoynes, and Atif Mian join Equitable Growth Steering Committee

Inequality & Mobility
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Equitable Growth’s labor market experts deliver comment letter to U.S. Department of Labor on status of independent contractors

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Equitable Growth’s Amanda Fischer joins others in comment letter to antitrust regulator on harmful U.S. banking consolidation

CompetitionInequality & Mobility
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Public investments in education can spur equitable growth, pay for themselves, and create jobs for a stronger economic recovery

FamiliesInequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: September 30–October 12

Inequality & Mobility
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The rising number of U.S. households with burdensome student debt calls for a federal response

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
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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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