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Income Distribution, Inequality and Poverty

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin Roosevelt's Second Inaugural Address, January 1937.

World Top Income Shares

Basic family budget calculator, Eco. Policy Institute

Income Inequality in a Nutshell: Wall St Bonuses Exceed Pay of All Full-Time Minimum Wage Workers, Mother Jones, 3/15 Image Off the Deep End: Wall St. Bonus Pool& Low-Wage Workers, Anderson, IPS 3/15

Who gained from income growth? interactive chart on inequality, 1917-2008 EPI

How Much More (Or Less) Would You Make If We Rolled Back Inequality?Bui, NPR

Power from the People, [Inequality fed by union decline] IMF, Jaumotte & Buitron 3/15

Race Inequality between US Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers, Cole 11/14

Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, Gordon 9/14

Inequality and the Case for Unions, Koechlin, 6/14

State of the Dream Reports [Racial Wealth Divide]

How Equal Pay for Working Women would Reduce Poverty and Grow the American Economy Hartmann et al, IWPR1/14

Crucial Role of Safety Net in Lowering U.S. Poverty RatesWimer et al, 12/13

What's the Cost to MinorityWorkers of Our Trade Deficit with China?Scott, EPI 10/13

Change the Rules [video on international inequality]

Why the US Lags Other Advanced Economies in Women’s Employment, Appelbaum 11/13

Resetting the Poverty Debate: State of the States 2013, 12/13

The Unfinished March, Austin, EPI 6/13

Hunger in America: 2014

Growing Apart A Political History of American Inequality, C. Gordon

Rising Income Inequality and the Role of Shifting Market-Income Distribution, Tax Burdens, and Tax Rates, Fieldhouse, EPI, 6/13

Financial Security of Elderly Americans at Risk, EPI 6/13

Rising Extreme Poverty in the United States and the Response of Federal Means-Tested Transfer Programs, Shaefer & Edin 5/13

The New American Economy: A Rising Tide that Lifts Only Yachts, TCF 1/13

U.S. lags behind peer countries in mobility, Gould,EPI 10/12

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the US 2011, US Densus 9/12

Census Report Shows Middle Class Decline in 2011, TCF 9/12

How Well Does TANF Proide IncomeSupportfor Poor Families? CBPP 8/12

Best and Worst Countries for Women, 6/12

Did Income Inequality Cause the Financial Crisis? Landy, TCF 5/12

Striking It Richer:The Evolution of Top Incomes in the US, Saez, updated 3/12

Extreme Poverty in the United States, 1996 to 2011, Edin & Shaefer, NPC 2/12

How Do States' Safety Net Policies Affect Poverty? Wheaton et al, Urban Instit, 9/11

How Inequality Harms Societies, R. Wilkinson, TED video, 10/11

Who are the 1% and What Do They Do for a Living? New Deal 2.0, 10/11

Trends in the Distribution of Household Income Between 1979 & 2007, CBO 10/11

Employment Crisis Worsens for Black Women during the Recovery, NWLC 8/11

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Jobs: How Racism, Global Economics, and the New Jim Crow Fuel Black America's Crippling Jobs Crisis, Kroll

Two Years of Economic Recovery: Women Lose Jobs, Men Find Them, Kochhar, 7/11

America’s Tax System Is Not as Progressive as You Think, CTJ, 4/11

Nine Pictures Of The Extreme Income/Wealth Gap, D. Johnson, 2/11

Great Recession Hit Hard at America’s Working Poor: Nearly 1 In 3 Working Families in United States are Low-Income, Roberts et al, Winter 2011

Education is Not the Cure for HighUnemployment or Income Inequality, Mishel EPI, 1/11

Another look at poverty in the Great Recession, Gould, EPI, 1/11

Race, Ethnicity and the Economy, EPI

Does America Promote Mobility as Well as Other Nations? Pew, 11/11

Americans prefer Sweden's wealth distribution to ours, Ariely & Norton

Income inequality in dollars and cents, EPI, 11/10

Poor healthcare may shorten American lives, U.S. ranks 49th in life expectancy Reuters 10/10
Poor men have shorter lives, EPI 10/10

Why Bad Things Happen to Unequal People, Pizzigati, 7/10

"Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc.–How the Working Poor Became Big Business", Rivlin video, 7/10

Why More Equality?, The Equality Trust, UK

A long and persistent middle-class squeeze, EPI, 2/01

Why Welfare Reform Fails Its Recession Test, Edelman Ehrenreich, Wash.P, 12/09

In Job Hunt, College Degree Can’t Close Racial Gap, Luo, NYT, 11/09

Divided We Stand:Why Inequality Keeps Rising [OECD Countries] 2011

The Middle Takes a Hit in 2008: Census Bureau Report Shows Widespread Declines in Income and Health Insurance Coverage, Fremstad, CEPR 9/09

Discrimination and Black Male Unemployment, Austin, EPI, 6/09

The City That Ended Hunger [Belo Horizonte, Brazil] F.M. Lappé, 3/09

New Estimates of Economic Inequality in America, 1959–2004, Zacharias et al Levy, 4/09

Average Income in 2006 up $60,000 for Top 1 Percent of Households, Just $430 for Bottom 90 Percent: Income Concentration at Highest Level Since 1928, CBPP, 10/08

Growing disparities in life expectancy, E. Gould, EPI, 7/08

Official poverty measure undercounts the nation's poor, Bernstein, EPI, 7/08

Ending Plutocracy: A 12-Step Program, Anderson and Pizzigati, Chart Nation, 6/08

"Interplay of Politics and Law to Promote Health: Improving Economic Equality and Health: The Case of Postwar Japan," Bezruchka, Namekata, & Sistrom, AJPH 4/08 http://tinyurl.com/nu22efa

Inequality: Bad for Your Health An interview with Ichiro Kawachi, Harvard Sch/Public Health, $ &Sense, Jan/Feb 08

Hunger & Homelessness Survey, US Conf. of Mayors, 12/07

Income share, richest 10% for past 90 years ests Piketty & Saez

Who's Grabbing All the New Pie?, Mishel, EPI, 8/07

Recent Trends in Household Wealth in the U.S., Wolff, 6/07

Share of National Income Going to Wages and Salaries at Record Low in 2006: Share of Income Going to Corporate Profits at Record High, CBPP 3/07

Economic and Societal Costs of Poverty, Holzer, 1/24/07, House Ways and Means Committee

Real Wages Fail to Match a Rise in Productivity, Greenhouse & Leonhardt, NYT 8/28/06

Wealth inequality is vast and growing, Allegretto, EPI, 8/06

Understanding Mobility in America, T. Hertz, American Univ, 4/06

Graduates Versus Oligarchs, Paul Krugman, NYT, 2/06 also

Lies, Damn Lies and Poverty Statistics: How an archaic measurement keeps millions of poor Americans from being counted, Christopher Moraff, 2/06

Death and Taxes (II): Wealthiest estates account for most of revenue generated by estate tax

Richest are Leaving Even the Rich Far Behind, 6/05

Death of Horatio Alger, Paul Krugman

Why the Estate Tax Is not "Double Taxation", Carlitz & Friedmand, 6/05

What New CBO Data Indicate about Long-Term Income Distribution Trends, Isaac Shapiro, 3/05

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