Economic inequality reflects factors as diverse as education, IQ, lack of opportunity and discrimination. But government policies also make a difference. Today the top 1 percent of Americans own 38 percent of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 40 percent possesses less than 1 percent of U.S. wealth. Globally, economic disparities pose even greater challenges as they can contribute to cycles of poverty, disease, social unrest and political turmoil.
People eat a free Thanksgiving meal for the Skid Row homeless and needy at the Los Angeles Mission in Los Angeles, California (REUTERS/Jason Redmond).
Rich Neighborhood, Poor Neighborhood: How Segregation Threatens Social Mobility
December 5, 2013, Patrick Sharkey
The promise of opportunity is being threatened by neighborhood inequality because in urban areas with higher levels of income segregation, there is less social and economic mobility writes Patrick Sharkey.
Opportunity and Well-being
U.S. Economic Performance
December 5, 2013, Alan Berube
Report | The Hamilton Project
December 4, 2013, Benjamin H. Harris and Melissa S. Kearney
December 3, 2013, Elaine Kamarck
November 29, 2013
November 26, 2013, Richard V. Reeves and Quentin Karpilow
Opinion | OpenDemocracy
November 20, 2013, Hakan Altinay
October 2013, Juan Triana Cordoví and Ricardo Torres Pérez
October 2013, Alberto Trejos
Interview | The Inter-American Dialogue’s Daily Latin America Advisor
October 14, 2013, Guillermo Vuletin
October 11, 2013, Kerry Searle Grannis and Isabel V. Sawhill
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Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management
The Brookings Institution
Melissa S. Kearney
Director, The Hamilton Project
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, The Hamilton Project
Nonresident Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Universal Education
Walter D. Valdivia
Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
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