The Great Divide is a series on inequality — the haves, the have-nots and everyone in between — in the United States and around the world, and its implications for economics, politics, society and culture. The series moderator is Joseph E. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in economics, a Columbia professor and a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist for the World Bank
Timothy Noah's 10-part series on inequality, published in Slate, has won the 2011 Hillman Prize for magazine journalism. You can read it online or print a PDF. Timothy Noah's book based on the series, Great Divergence , is available for borrowing through the PLS library system
PEW Research opinion poll summary (link to full report available after the jump) about the happiness o f the Americans – and whether factors like income, ethnicity, work, political affiliation, age, gender, education, etc. correlate with self-reported happiness.
This publication is a part of Brookings Institution “Economic Mobility Project”. Learn about findings concerning age, gender, generation (intergenerational mobility), race (African-American and Caucasian), education and immigration factors.
The Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances for 2010 provides insights into changes in family income and net worth since the 2007 survey. The survey shows that, over the 2007–10 period, the median value of real (inflation-adjusted) family income before taxes fell 7.7 percent, while mean income fell more sharply, an 11.1 percent decline.
This report, from Georgetown University and Center on Education and the Workforce, examines lifetime earnings for all education levels and earnings by occupation, age, race/ethnicity and gender. The data are clear: a college degree is key to economic opportunity, conferring substantially higher earnings on those with credentials than those without.
This report presents the educational achievement and attainment of White, Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander students. "Browse this document" links to overview and highlights.
On Oct. 19, 2010, President Obama signed a new executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. This page outlines the goals and past achievements of the program, and includes links to issued reports on Hispanics and education. More about the program at http://www.yic.gov/publications/index.html
This report looks at a population below the median income level that starts school performing at high levels, but loses ground at virtually every level of schooling and suffers a steep plummet in college. The report discusses demographic characteristics of the students (not different from the general student population at the 1st grade) and the need for change in attitudes and policies at K-12.
This report is just one of many on education, economics, politics, labor, identity and immigration of Latinos living in United States. Follow the links to the other ones (use the tab “Publications” or the panel on the right side of the page)
The Eviction Lab at Princeton University has built the first nationwide database of evictions. Find out how many evictions happen in your community. Create custom maps, charts, and reports. Share facts with your neighbors and elected officials.
EPI's (Economic Policy Institute) The State of Working America sums up the problems and challenges facing American workers, presenting a wide variety of data on family incomes, taxes, wages, unemployment, wealth, and poverty.
Start by exploring the charts.