Economic inequality

The Challenge Income Inequality Raises for Planners

The Challenge Income Inequality Raises for Planners

Two recent New York Times articles help highlight how growing income inequality raises some interesting issues for urban planners.  Most cities were built with extensive middle-income neighborhoods, and the thrust of most city planning efforts are to retain and strengthen those residential areas.  But a recent Stanford University study reinforces the idea that we are […]

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Ever wonder why income equality is rising in the US?

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The Changing US Economy:  12 States of the Union

The Changing US Economy: 12 States of the Union

The most recent issue of the Atlantic has a piece surveying rise of income equality in the US.  Without joining the article’s discussion about whether this inequality is due to changing economics or changing politics, it is worth checking out the interactive map that comes with it.  It segments the US population into  what are […]

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The Workforce Investment with the Highest Return?

The Workforce Investment with the Highest Return?

It just might be early childhood intervention: A new paper by James Heckman of the University of Chicago marshalls some pretty persuasive evidence on how to improve the quality of the US workforce:  provide a lot of support to mothers and infants.  His work shows that, by age 3, achievement gaps start to emerge among […]

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