income-inequality

Six charts on the shocking rise in inequality

This is how Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen looks at the world.

Why Fed Chair Janet Yellen is “greatly” concerned about growing inequality

But the Fed chief steered clear of saying whether the central bank is contributing to the divide

America’s growing food inequality problem

Income inequality isn't the only gap the U.S. needs to mind these days.

Why inequality might make kids drop out of high school

The bigger the gap between the poor and the middle class, the more likely low-income kids are to drop out

The government is the only reason U.S. inequality is so high

Before the government taxes people and/or sends them money, inequality in Sweden is as high as it is in the U.S. Then everything changes.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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Is inequality bad for economic growth?

There are compelling reasons to believe that inequality can harm growth, but it's surprisingly difficult to prove this is happening in the United States.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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The global upper class makes 32 times as much as the global lower class

The Gini coefficient has a lot of problems. The Palma ratio — the top ten percent's share of income, divided by the bottom 40 percent's — is a better measure. And at a global level, it's staggeringly high.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 26, 2013
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Watch the growth of U.S. income inequality with this animated map

The Deep South, as well as New York and California, saw the fastest growth in income inequality over time.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 19, 2013
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Does your family make over $232,000? Congrats, you’re in the top 5 percent

The typical family of four made $66,000 last year. The share making six figures is strikingly small.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 17, 2013
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This is how everyone’s been doing since the financial crisis

Some sectors have done quite well. The typical American household hasn't.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 13, 2013
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How the 1 percent won the recovery, in one table

Guess who lost the recession? The 99 percent. Guess who won the recovery? The very rich.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 11, 2013
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Why ‘The O.C.’ was the definitive show about the 2000s economy

A pioneering guilty pleasure was eerily prescient about the economy.

Obama says the typical family income ‘barely budged’ between 1979 and 2007. It grew at least 15 percent.

But Obama's right that median incomes aren't growing fast enough, and those with less education are getting left out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 25, 2013
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How the ultra-rich are pulling away from the ‘merely’ rich

And other takeaways from the latest inequality data.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Feb 19, 2013
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Obama’s economic philosophy, in 8 charts

Obama's unifying economic idea: A desire to combat inequality