Archive for the ‘Income’ Category

Inequality: A Market Test

February 3rd, 2014

Finally have a moment to collect thoughts today, and wanted to reflect on some interesting inequality discussions in the papers this morning. Two points, united by one academic study (and it’s one I’ve focused on before in these pages). First, the NYT reports on evidence of higher inequality—more specifically, a squeezed middle class—in current consumer… Read more

Racial/Ethnic Income Gaps vs. Wealth Gaps

December 13th, 2013

Apropos of nothing other than my constant pursuit of social and economic justice bumping into my constant pursuit of interesting data, here’s a figure I made for a presentation the other day that warrants a broader look.  It compares the economic resources of non-whites—mostly blacks and Hispanics—to those of non-Hispanic whites, looking at both median… Read more

First Impressions of the 2012 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data (with updates)

September 17th, 2013

[The following are some initial impressions from the income, poverty, and health insurance data released by the Census Bureau this morning.  NOTE: these data refer to 2012, so yearly differences, unless otherwise noted, are between 2011 and 2012.  Also, visit www.offthechartsblog.org throughout the day for CBPP's updates and analyses.] The poverty rate held steady at 15%,… Read more

Whose Economy You Talkin’ About?

July 25th, 2013

The Tax Policy Center has added some strong new hamsters to turn the wheels of their much used income and tax model, and in doing so they’ve expanded their definition of income.  You can read all about it here, but just eyeballing their figure 1, pasted in below (you need to click on it to… Read more