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Equitable Growth supports research and policy analysis on how trends in economic inequality and mobility and changes in the economy have affected the concentration of wealth, income, and earnings, and how these distributional shifts have affected the promise of economic security and opportunity.

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During the mid-20th century, strong economic growth was broadly shared, as incomes increased and children could expect a better quality of life than their parents, though significant disparities across demographic groups remained. In recent decades, wealth, income, and earnings inequality have been rising and mobility declining, and demographic disparities persist. Better understanding these trends and their implications for economic growth will inform evidence-backed policies that improve growth and mobility for people across incomes, regions, and demographic groups.

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Experts on the issue

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JooHee Han

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Michael Reich

University of California, Berkeley

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Maximilian Hell

Stanford University

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Gavin Kelly

Resolution Trust

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Elisabeth Jacobs

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Former Senior Director, Family Economic Security

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