Alan Berube

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Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Metropolitan Policy Program

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Alan Berube is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. A former policy advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is an expert on metropolitan demographics, low-wage workers, and urban poverty. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    It’s up to the city to soften the blow of runaway incomes and housing prices so the city doesn’t, in a sense, lose its identity as a progressive and diverse place — that’s part of what makes San Francisco successful.

    March 28, 2015, Alan Berube, San Francisco Chronicle
  • In the News

    The places that have high inequality almost by definition have a small middle class. There’s this crater in the middle; they’re trying to keep their cities affordable and livable for the middle class.

    April 6, 2014, Alan Berube, New York Times
  • In the News

    Widening income gaps today predict larger wealth gaps in the future.

    December 10, 2013, Alan Berube, The Fiscal Times
  • In the News

    I think suburban poverty is here to stay, it's not going to revert back to the cities.

    September 11, 2013, Alan Berube, Christian Science Monitor
  • In the News

    Economic development doesn't mean moving the problem somewhere else.

    July 27, 2013, Alan Berube, Federal Way Mirror
  • In the News

    In a way, Colorado was by virtue of its older economy a more equal place than the rest of the United States. But it's just picked up in droves these elements of the national economy and it's now more like a caricature of the United States in terms of the imbalance between the high end and the low end—where the high end is disproportionately employing highly educated whites and the low is probably employing disproportionately, less educated Latinos and African Americans.

    January 21, 2013, Alan Berube, I-News Network
  • In the News

    I think this is probably the nation's wealthiest region overall, and that wealth supports an array of public and private services that are in many ways a lot better than what poorer parts of the country can enjoy. But it also means it's an unequal region. We have a lot of landscapers and a lot of child care workers, people whose livelihood depend on the people on the high end.

    December 12, 2012, Alan Berube, The Washington Examiner
  • In the News

    Much of the growth in unemployment during the Great Recession was thus concentrated among less-skilled, lower-income, disproportionately minority individuals. It may take some time before the U.S. economy can generate job and wage growth sufficient to connect very low-income families to work, and eventually pull them out of poverty.

    September 24, 2012, Alan Berube, The Advocate
  • In the News

    The Great Recession raised poverty rates and reduced household incomes in the vast majority of metro areas. The deep downturn left relatively few places untouched.

    July 27, 2012, Alan Berube and Elizabeth Kneebone, Economy in Crisis

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