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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Testimony by Michelle Holder before the Joint Economic Committee on robust government investments

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will bring new perspectives on mass incarceration to U.S. Supreme Court jurisprudence

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Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management conference spotlights the value of diversity in U.S. policy analysis and research

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The 2022 Midwest Economic Association annual meeting features key sessions on labor market monopsony

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Expert Focus: Feminist economists studying women’s roles and contributions to the U.S. economy

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Retirement tax incentives supercharge the fortunes of wealthy Americans

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The American Rescue Plan helped U.S. families amid the coronavirus pandemic and provides a roadmap for policymakers today

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Revisiting timely research that explores U.S. intersectional wage gaps amid Women’s History Month

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The Economic State of the Union in 2022, presented in 11 charts, and what policymakers can do to make the recovery more equitable and resilient

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Stratification economics: What it is and how it advances our understanding of inequality

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More frequent disaggregated data on U.S. income inequality would improve economic research and inform policymaking

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Expert Focus: Scholars examining anti-racist ideas and proposals across U.S. economic policy areas

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