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World Cup Fever: A Missed Opportunity for Brazil?

For many, the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games represent missed opportunities to tackle health problems and inequality.

Findings

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Slavery’s Legacy: Race-Based Economic Inequality

Two European researchers find a link between county-level slavery in 1860 and economic inequality today.

Burgh Diaspora

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Migration and Development in an Age of Growing Economic Inequality

A dispatch from the “Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity” conference in Philadelphia.

ProPublica

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Hundreds of School Districts Have Been Ignoring Desegregation Orders for Decades

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was.

Quick Studies

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Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

The Future of Money

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The Not-So-Surprising Way Your Parents’ Income Predicts Yours

Just as you suspected, there’s a reason inequality is structural and self-perpetuating. But you might be shocked by just how few of the most well-off individuals are able to out-earn the generation before them. It isn’t the one percent we should be focusing on, but the 0.1 percent.

We Read It

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The Heirs of Steinbeck: Who Are the Fiction Writers Taking on Poverty and Inequality Today?

Seventy-five years after its first publication date, The Grapes of Wrath is still a staple in most American classrooms. Is that because we haven’t yet written anything that does a better job of portraying the devastation of not having enough?

Sociological Images

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Security Guards Outnumber High School Teachers in the United States

Growing inequality in America has been matched by a surge in security guards—for gated communities, upscale residential buildings, and more. That trend—more inequality, more guards—is matched across industrialized countries.

Sociological Images

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Why Income Inequality Will Likely Keep Getting Worse

Embracing a system based on maximizing the returns to private owners of capital is a mistake for the great majority of working people.

Sociological Images

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What Causes Inequality? Systemic and Individual Frames for Racism in Media

Race Forward takes a close look at how newspapers and cable television outlets cover one type of inequality.

Sociological Images

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We All Know That Inequality Is Growing, but What Should We Do About It?

How you answer that question probably has a lot more to do with your ideology than your income.

Sociological Images

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The Average American Overestimates and Fears Racial Diversity

Do you know what percentage of the population is made up of racial minorities?

Your Money

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You’re Richer Than You Think

While you might not be part of the one percent, you’re probably not giving as much to charity as you could.

 

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Does Rising Inequality Threaten Future Economic and Political Stability?

You already know it helps to have money if you want to make money. But things have gotten so bad over the past 10 years that more than our pocketbooks could be at stake. Worse: It may be too late to do anything about it.

 

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Are Kids Sports Pricing Themselves Out of the Market?

As organized sports get pushed further out of reach of many poorer kids, one former college hoops star wants to even the playing field.

 

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Economic Mobility and Education in the U.S. Today

We all know that most children of poverty who make it through college will end up better off than their parents, but what about the kids who start at the top?

 

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How Being Poor Makes You Poor

New research shows how poverty can often be a self-perpetuating trap.

 

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Seeking a Better Measure of Inequality, 50 Years After ‘I Have a Dream’

Severe inequities remain between whites and non-whites in American economic life. But it isn’t clear that employers are as much to blame as one might expect.

 

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How to Ease Inequality on the Cheap

The Obama Administration wants to make daycare universal for four-year-olds. But more basic short-term support for poor families with babies could greatly increase the child’s future earnings.

 

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Are the Protests in Brazil Due to Falling Inequality Levels?

The Brazilian middle class is bigger than ever, and that’s why they’re so fed up.

 

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Where the Billionaires At?

In unequal, poor, super-polluted places.

 

Unequal or Unfair: Which Is Worse?

 

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The Evolution of Fairness

A multimedia investigation asks: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?

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The Big One

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