Archive for the ‘Inequality’ Category

Who Benefits the Most from Tax Breaks?

April 16, 2014

Who benefits the most from tax breaks? The answer is, generally, the upper middle class and above who benefit enormously from deductions and exclusions.

–from The Atlantic

Top Earners Gain Income from Capital, not Labor

April 10, 2014

While most of the top 10% of Americans gain their wealth through labor, the deeper one goes into the top 1%, the more income is derived from capital.


Household Income During Childhood Versus Adulthood

March 19, 2014

Artists tend to come from wealthier families than doctors, but not as wealthy as those producing lawyers and financial analysts.

–from NPR

Majority of Men’s Real Wages Down over Last Forty Years

March 17, 2014

For all men below the 70th income percentile, real wages have declined since 1973, with growing disparity towards the bottom of income distribution.

–from The New York Times

College Tuition Increases Disproportionately Affects Poorer Families

March 5, 2014

The percentage of income spent on tuition has greatly increased for the poorest Americans, but has remained relatively stable for the wealthiest quintile.

–from The New York Times

Singapore has Highest Global Cost of Living, Paris is Second

March 4, 2014

The cost of living in Singapore has grown considerably in the past year making it the most expensive city in the world, followed by Paris, Oslo, and Zurich.

–from The Economist

More Americans Identify as Lower Class

February 26, 2014

Between 2008 and 2014, an additional 15% of Americans view themselves as lower class, with 6% falling from upper to middle and another 8% dropping below middle.

–from CNN

Global Food Price Index Highly Correlated to Civil Unrest

February 21, 2014

This chart, which maps civil unrest to food prices, shows that the higher food prices go, the more likely, and more frequent, civil unrest becomes.


Incomes for the Top .01% Rising Ever Upward

February 13, 2014


Though the income for the top 1% have remained comparatively flat, the incomes for the top .1% and .01% of Americans have launched, keeping a steady pace with stock market gains.

–from The Atlantic

Inter-Generational US Social Mobility Stable, not Declining

January 25, 2014

Inter-generational social mobility in the US, recently suspected to be in decline, is actually quite stable. What is quite different, however, is the geography of mobility. Some metro areas experience great mobility, others have dire generational poverty issues. So the overall pattern has not changed, but the part of America a child is born into greatly affects lifetime mobility. The highest mobility is in Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, and San Jose. The lowest is in Raleigh, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

–from The Atlantic Cities¬†and


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