You Can’t Work Your Way Through College Anymore

Working to pay for college doesn’t work. Despite the fact that 40 percent of undergraduates work at least 30 hours per week while in college, tuition is too high for those hours to make much of a difference, a new report shows. Even toiling away full time probably won’t yield nearly enough to pay for a traditional college education, […]

Study: Food stamps do much more to fight poverty than we thought

A new study suggests that programs like food stamps and housing vouchers cut poverty by almost twice as much as we thought they did. According to standard census numbers, the poverty rate in New York from 2008 to 2011 was 13.6 percent, before taking these programs into account. The programs the study examines — food […]

The stunning — and expanding — gap in life expectancy between the rich and the poor

Wealthy and middle-class baby boomers can expect to live substantially longer than their parents’ generation. Meanwhile, life expectancy for the poor hasn’t increased and may even be declining, according to a report published Thursday by several leading economists. Call it a growing inequality of death — and it means that the poor ultimately may collect less […]

What Could Raising Taxes on the 1% Do? Surprising Amounts

When it comes to paying taxes, most Americans think the wealthy do notpay their fair share. There is a sharp divide, however, between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to taxing the rich, who provide most of the cash for political campaigns. All the Republican tax proposals, in fact, cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans. […]