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

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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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