Income Inequality

Issue Spotlight: Increasingly Unequal States of America

The top 1% of Pennsylvania earners took home more than half the total increase in income over the past 30 years and saw more than 10 times as much growth in income as the bottom 99%, according to a new report from the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN) that looks at growing income inequality across the 50 states.

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February 19, 2014

The top 1% of Pennsylvania earners took home more than half the total increase in income over the past 30 years and saw more than 10 times as much growth in income as the bottom 99%, according to a new report from the Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN).

February 11, 2014

The Moral March in North Carolina brought to our minds the concept of a "moral economy" that we have offered as a unifying umbrella for policies that would restore opportunity and rebuild America's middle class, while making the economy stronger.

December 10, 2013

One justification cited by The Times for paying fast-food workers more is the savings to governmental public assistance programs for low-wage workers. A recent study found that more than half of fast-food workers rely on public assistance.

December 9, 2013

Are American opinion leaders and policymakers finally ready for a serious effort to reduce economic inequality and rebuild opportunity in America? The first in an occasional blog series on inequality.

September 23, 2013

In the Detroit News Thursday, there's a great op-ed by a restaurant owner advocating for a $10.10-per-hour minimum wage and for a tipped minimum wage set at 70% of the regular minimum wage — which would be much better than the current 39% for tipped workers in Pennsylvania.

September 20, 2013

The economic recovery has yet to produce significant gains for Americans in the bottom and middle of the economic scale, Census Bureau data released this week show.

September 20, 2013

The level of inequality in the United States today is just a fraction below the pre-1930 peaks. One more year like 2012, and we can all have "America's Most Gilded Age" parties. Not good.

September 13, 2013

A new study from Emmanuel Saez of the University of California at Berkeley finds that 95% of all U.S. income gains since the recession officially ended in 2009 have gone to the top 1%.

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