Income Gap

The Takeaway

How Much is Enough? Study Says Half of Global Wealth Held by 1%

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The rich are on a roll. According to a new study, the 1 percent will own more than 50 percent of the world's wealth by early next year. 

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The Takeaway

The Unrealized Dream of the 3-Hour Work Day

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Economist John Maynard Keynes once predicted that technological innovation would make the U.S. fantastically wealthy and everyone would enjoy far more leisure time. He was right about one part.

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The Takeaway

Raising Minimum Wage is Hard — Enforcing it May Be Harder

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wage theft is rampant in low wage industries. While workers in cities around the U.S. are demanding a higher minimum wage, some say we should be focusing on enforcing the minimum wage we have.


The Takeaway

Tracing Income Disparities Across the U.S.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released the latest data on median household income across the country, we've created an interactive map that allows you to zoom in on the income trends in your neighborhood, block by block.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Map Of New York's Changing Income

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What do you see when you map income changes from 2007 to 2012 in New York City by neighborhood? Gentrification in Brooklyn and Harlem -- and the effect of the financial crash on the middle class. Andrew Beveridge, professor of sociology at Queens College, and the man behind Social Explorer, discusses the data and the story it tells us.


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Mobility Stories

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A recent study finds that location matters when it comes to income mobility. The odds of moving up to a higher income level are low in cities like Atlanta and Charlotte and much higher in New York and Boston. If you grew up poor and made it to the middle class, tell us your story. Comment here or call us at 212-433-9692.

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The Takeaway

A Growing Wealth Gap, Dangerous Factories, Urban Poetry, Temple Grandin

Monday, April 29, 2013

What West, Texas Teaches Us About Chemicals  | The Growing Wealth Gap  | What Next for Gun Control Advocates?  | That's So Miami: Finding Poetry in City Life  |  Searching Through the Rubble in Bangaldesh  | Building a Synthetic Biological Programming Language  | Temple Grandin on "The Autistic Brain"

The Brian Lehrer Show

What Spike Lee and Richard Parsons Know

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dennis Kimbro, leadership coach and the author of The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires, talks to Brian Lehrer about the stories of successful African Americans.

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A New Worry for Educators: The Income Divide

Friday, February 10, 2012

The focus of educators in recent years has been on closing racial and ethnic gaps -- and the efforts appear to have had some success. But now comes news that the achievement gap between rich and poor is widening, The New York Times reports on Friday.

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Census Pinpoints City's Wealthiest, Poorest Neighborhoods

Thursday, December 08, 2011

New census data looking at median income identifies some of the richest and poorest neighborhoods in the New York City area. The numbers and location might not be all too surprising, but what might is how close some of these neighborhoods on either end of the income scale are to one another.

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