What Happened to Working Women?

Japan now has a higher proportion of working women than we do. I’m trying to get my head around this fact. “Everyone else is continuing to rise and we’ve declined, and now we’re basically tied with Japan. And Japan’s on the upswing and we’re still going down,” said Jason Furman, chairman of President Obama’s Council […]

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 […]