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What’s the Best Way to Overcome Rising Economic Inequality?

TCF fellow, Mark Thoma writes about tackling rising economic inequality in an article for The Fiscal Times.

A debate over the use of progressive taxation and redistribution as a means of solving the problem of rising inequality erupted in the last week or so. The debate began with three publications, one from Edward Kleinbard, one from Nezih Guner, Martin Lopez-Daneri, and Gustavo Ventura, and one from Cathie Jo Martin and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez. 

They argue in turn that “progressive fiscal outcomes do not require particularly progressive tax systems,” “making taxes more progressive taxes won’t raise much revenue,” and “The way a tax system fights inequality isn't just redistribution. It's by generating enough revenue to fund programs and benefits that help middle class, working class, and poor people participate and succeed in the economy. While talk of taxing top earners may make for good political rhetoric on the left, relying on such taxes cannot pay the bills.”

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Tags: taxation, progressive tax, inequality, income inequality, income gap

Moms against Walmart

TCF fellow, Amy B. Dean, writes about how women are fighting back against stagnant wages and uncertain work schedules, in a piece for AlJazeera America

Raising the minimum wage is, for the most part, framed as a matter of economic justice. But it also concerns feminism.

From Walmart moms who work at the retail giant to domestic workers, women are significantly overrepresented in low-wage jobs. This chronic concentration of women in low-paying positions is one of the primary reasons for the lingering pay gap between the sexes. Currently, 55 percent of workers who are stuck making $7.25 per hour — the federal minimum wage — are women. Even those who earn slightly more are often still mired in poverty.

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Tags: women's rights, strikes, minimum wage increase, minimum wage, labor movement, feminism

Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America

June 10, 2014 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Join TCF's newest fellow Jeff Madrick for a day-long event to discuss America's child poverty problem. The conference, Inequality Begins at Birth: Child Poverty in America, is sponsored by The Century Foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, the Roosevelt Institute and the Academic Pediatric Association. America’s child poverty rate, currently above 22 percent—the highest in the developed world—is one of the nation’s gravest social problems. On June 10, keynote speaker Senator Cory Booker and three panels of economists, policy experts, and child povertyactivists will come together to discuss solutions for helping the nation’s most vulnerable. Lunch will be provided. There will be a live web cast of the event. RSVP HERE.

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School Choice Not Available to Every Family

May 1, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Stefanie A. DeLuca, Anna Rhodes TOPICS: Education, Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

For the majority of U.S. public school students, what school they go to is determined by their parents’ residential choices over any other factor. TCF fellow Stefanie DeLuca and her colleague Anna Rhodes discuss how poor families are not always able to consider school over housing in many cases.

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Tags: school policy, school choice, low income, housing vouchers, housing projects, housing policy, housing choice, baltimore

Concentration of Poverty: An Update

April 9, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Paul Jargowsky TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Americans increasingly live in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to an analysis released by TCF fellow Paul Jargowsky last December. And now, new data shows high-poverty neighborhoods are getting worse--quickly.

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Tags: socioeconomic diversity, poverty rate, paul jargowsky, high poverty neighborhoods, concentrated poverty, census tracts

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium: Changes in the Prevalence, Composition, and Location of High-Poverty Neighborhoods

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium
 

By Paul Jargowsky

TOPICS: Workers & Economic Inequality, Poverty

Concentration of Poverty in the New Millennium, authored by TCF fellow and CURE director Paul A. Jargowsky, is the first to compare the 2000 census data with the 2007-11 American Community Survey (ACS), revealing the extent to which concentrated poverty has returned to, and in some ways exceeded, the previous peak level in 1990.

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