Welfare, Inequality, and Poverty

A stunning stat about pay seems impossible but actually is true

Once upon a time, American men used to get something called a “raise.” That is when your employer would actually pay you more money. Now, it is true that some people still have experience with this all-but-forgotten practice, but even the ones who do tend not to get pay increases that keep up with price […]

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2014

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2014, there was no statistically significant change from 2013 in either real median household income or the official poverty rate. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage declined. Unless otherwise noted, the following results for the nation were compiled from information collected […]

Low-Income Workers See Biggest Drop in Paychecks

Despite steady gains in hiring, a falling unemployment rate and other signs of an improving economy, take-home pay for many American workers has effectively fallen since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to a new study by an advocacy group that is to be released on Thursday. The declines were greatest for the lowest-paid […]

Pursuing the American Dream: Economic Mobility Across Generations

The ideal that all Americans have equality of opportunity regardless of their economic status at birth is the crux of the American Dream and a defining element of our national psyche. This study investigates the health and status of that dream by analyzing economic mobility— Americans’ movement up and down the economic ladder—during the past […]