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

Inequality & MobilityTax & Macroeconomics
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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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Advancing research and evidence on child care and U.S. economic growth

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Green jobs are good for U.S. workers and the U.S. economy

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Green Energy Jobs in the US: What Are They, and Where Are They?

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Global Trends in Income Inequality and Income Dynamics: New Insights from GRID

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Enacting a minimum wage for tipped workers is on the ballot in two U.S. cities. Here’s what the research says

LaborInequality & Mobility
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Expert Focus: Researchers advancing our understanding of U.S. child care policy and how to improve the early care and education system

FamiliesInequality & Mobility
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What federal statistical agencies can do to improve survey response rates among Hispanic communities in the United States

Inequality & MobilityFamiliesLabor
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Latino workers are often segregated into bad jobs, but a strong U.S. labor movement can boost job quality and U.S. economic growth

LaborInequality & MobilityFamilies
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Equitable Growth announces two Dissertation Scholars for 2022–23 academic year

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Equitable Growth provides comments to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on its new distributing personal income report

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Better data collection can help lift the LGBTQ+ community out of economic hardship in the United States

Inequality & MobilityLabor
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New research shows that 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffers from transportation insecurity

Inequality & MobilityFamilies
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