Inequality

Ten Solutions to Bridge the Racial Wealth Divide

The deep and persistent racial wealth divide will not close without bold, structural reform. It has been created and held in place by public policies that have evolved with time including slavery, Jim Crow, red lining, mass incarceration, among many others. The racial wealth divide is greater today than it was nearly four decades ago […]

Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy

The US economy’s deep systemic inequalities of income, wealth, power, and opportunity are part of global inequality trends, but US-style capitalism and public policy make these inequalities more acute. Their observable and felt harm to our civic and economic life is corroborated by research from many disciplines, suggesting that a move toward a more egalitarian […]

Not Only Unequal Paychecks: Occupational Segregation, Benefits, and the Racial Wealth Gap

Occupational segregation persists as people of color and women are often steered into lower paying and lower status careers than White men. In this investigation, we study the financial impacts of racial and ethnic segregation in the workplace to identify job-based sources of the enduring racial wealth gap in key sectors of the U.S. economy. […]

When middle class isn’t

A primary complaint about the current U.S. economy has been the hollowing out of “middle-skill jobs” — the type of work that people with high school educations and substantial training could do and earn a “middle wage.” Be smart: But even if such jobs were restored, it would not mean a revival of America’s battered middle class. […]