The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

Welcome to 2017! President Obama has exited the stage, and a Trump presidency is now reality. If you’re still not shocked, remember this: Right now, more than half of all Black families in the United States today have no retirement wealth at all, meaning they will...
Trump’s Cabinet Will Be the Richest In American History

Trump’s Cabinet Will Be the Richest In American History

People holding personal fortunes worth over $5 million this year make up less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the world’s adult population. People worth over $5 million this year may also make up nearly 100 percent of the picks Donald Trump chooses for his cabinet and...
Long Live the Estate Tax

Long Live the Estate Tax

On August 25, the U.S marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. In the words of historian Wallace Stegner, the parks are “the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our...
America’s Staggering Racial Wealth Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better

America’s Staggering Racial Wealth Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better

Two years ago this month, Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking months of sustained protests and helping to ignite the Black Lives Matter movement. While police violence and inequities in our criminal justice system have...
The Wealth Gap Between Black and White Families Is Getting Worse

The Wealth Gap Between Black and White Families Is Getting Worse

The U.S. Constitution was ratified a full 228 years ago.  The cutting edge technology that year was the steamboat, and the country had not yet even had a presidential election. If 228 years seems like a really long time, that’s because it is. But if current trends...
Report: Ever-Growing Gap

Report: Ever-Growing Gap

The Ever-Growing Gap: Failing to Address the Status Quo Will Drive the Racial Wealth Divide for Centuries to Come Racial and economic inequality are the most pressing social issues of our time. In the last decade, we have seen the catastrophic economic impact of the...
What’s the cause for despair among white, middle-aged men?

What’s the cause for despair among white, middle-aged men?

Americans live longer today than we used to live, sometimes a lot longer. Just over 32,000 centenarians called the United States home in 1980. In 2010, we had more than 53,000 Americans in triple digits. This trend line — longer and longer lives for more and more...
You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

You Just Got ‘Richsplained’

Tiffany Beroid, a mother and Wal-Mart employee in Laurel, Maryland,was forced to drop out of college because of her employer’s low wages and erratic scheduling practices. When she spoke out about the problems she faced, Wal-Mart fired her. Since then, Beroid has...
New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

Inequality.org, an online resource on income and wealth distribution supported by the Institute for Policy Studies, has just published the most up-to-date guide yet on why America has become so unequal, more unequal than any other major developed nation. The resource,...

New Guide Explains How and Why America Has Become So Unequal

Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality, a new publication of Inequality.org by Colin Gordon, dives deeply into history, explores current events, and examines the root causes of inequality. Washington DC – Inequality.org, the best online resource on...

New Report Shows True Cost of Inequality in Maryland

Washington DC – A new report for release on Wednesday, March 20, details the economic costs of inequality in the state of Maryland. The report, entitled “Closing the Inequality Divide: A Strategy for Fostering Genuine Progress in Maryland,” uses a...
Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

Report: Closing the Inequality Divide

DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Most Americans didn’t see it coming. Back at the end of 2004, our nation’s leading economic indicator, the Gross Domestic Product, was soaring along at a robust rate of over 4 percent per year. The prospects for continued prosperity,...