Salvatore Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several U.S. universities. His academic research focuses on income inequality, economic development, and statistical methods for comparative social science research. He writes a weekly column for the Inequality.org website and contributes to progressive websites and newsletters across America. Read about his upcoming book on the American economy, Benchmarking America, at BenchmarkingAmerica.com and visit his personal website, SalvatoreBabones.com. Dr. Babones welcomes e-mail and is always happy to contribute opinions and expertise to a good cause.
We Need a Flat Tax for Social Security
November 30 - It could raise $100 billion and provide a solution to give retired people the raises they need.
America's Real Poverty Rate
November 14 - If the United States were to update the way we measure poverty, we'd find that about 28 percent of American families of four are now living in poverty. Published in The (Ogden, UT) Standard-Examiner and The (Stroudsburg, PA) Pocono Record.
Shortchanging Our Paychecks
October 17 - Income and benefits for most Americans have stagnated over the past four decades despite steady economic growth. Published in Progressive Charlestown (RI) and The Holland (MI) Sentinel.