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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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New research doesn’t overturn consensus on rising U.S. income inequality

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GDP 2.0: Measuring who prospers when the U.S. economy grows

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

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

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Michael Ettlinger

University of New Hampshire

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Greg Duncan

University of California, Irvine

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Andrew Garin

Carnegie Mellon University

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Lauren Russell

Harvard University

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Leah Hamilton

Appalachian State University

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