3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others

3 Reasons Some Countries Are Far More Unequal Than Others
Why do the richest 1% of Americans take 20% of national income, but the richest 1% of Danes only 6%? Why have affluent British people seen their share of national income double since 1980, while over the same period, the income share of wealthy Dutch hasn’t budged?

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your Life

Why Being Born In The Wrong ZIP Code Can Shorten Your LifeNewly released data on life expectancy across the U.S. shows that where we live matters for how long we live. A person in the U.S. can expect to live an average of 78.8 years, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You

Why You Might Be Paying More For Your Airfare Than The Person Seated Next To You
Few things are more annoying than spending a large sum of money on a purchase, only to discover that someone else got the same thing for a lower price. This often happens with airfares. You go the same website, search the same airline, choose the same seat row and fare conditions, but you’re offered a different price depending on when and where you do it. Why?

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway

Why Accused Sexual Harassers Get Promoted Anyway
For millions of American women – both those who’ve survived assault and those who have experienced workplace harassment – seeing a man on the path to promotion despite allegations of harassment is jarring yet painfully familiar.

Should Seeing Food Wasted Make Us Mad?

Should Seeing Food Wasted Make Us Mad?
There is currently a grand consensus of academics, policymakers and food campaign groups that “something must be done” to reduce food wastage. Malnutrition is real, but so too is the obesity crisis. But when everyone agrees, you can afford to be a little sceptical. Because food is about much more than just calories and nutrients...

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow Up

Young Australians' Prospects Still Come Down To Where They Grow UpAustralia as a nation has never been richer. But it is now also more unequal than at any time since the early 1980s. This inequality takes many forms, not least between suburbs and neighbourhoods. And our research suggests the few celebrated examples of famous Australians who emerged from disadvantaged neighbourhoods are the exceptions to the rule for children who grow up in them.

Understanding London's Falling House Prices

Understanding London's Falling House Prices

House prices in London fell by 0.6% in June, according to the UK’s official statistics body, the ONS. It might not sound like much but follows years in which prices grew by an annual average 7.5% between the end of 2009 and the end of 2017.

Why Happiness Is The Metric Of The Future

Why Happiness Is The Metric Of The Future

Most recently, New Zealand announced that its 2019 budget will report on how national spending impacts on well-being. City authorities are developing “smart” approaches to measuring happiness, mobilising an ever increasing array of mobile apps and behavioural data that aim to sense, map and explain our daily happiness. For example, the Smart Dubai Office launched their Smart Happiness Index earlier in 2018, which promises to assess the performance of their city managers based on happiness gain per funds spent.

Why We All Need To Stop Obsessing Over GDP

Why We All Need To Stop Obsessing Over GDPGDP – or gross domestic product – is the rate at which the total value of goods and services produced in the U.S. grew. Together with unemployment and inflation, it usually receives a lot of attention as an indicator of economic performance in the U.S.

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In Life

Do Parental Jobs Predict How Far You Get In LifeAmerican workers’ occupational status reflects that of their parents more than previously known, a new study shows.

The findings reaffirm more starkly that the lack of social mobility in the United States is in large part due to the occupation of our parents.

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Why It's Hard For Minorities To Pull Themselves Up By Bootstraps When It Comes To Health

Many Americans deeply believe that people should pull themselves up by their bootstraps. After all, individual responsibility is a core American value. Too much emphasis on an individual’s responsibility, however, may result in overlooking the societal and historically causes that keep racial minorities such as blacks at an economic and health disadvantage.

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans

How A Trade War Affects Working Class Americans
Scholars of international political economy, such as myself, recognize that trade hasn’t always been good for poorer Americans. However, the economic fundamentals are clear: Tariffs make things worse. Tariffs are a tax on imports. As taxes go up, so do the prices of foreign goods. Unfortunately, protecting a few narrow industries can generate much broader costs. Not least, consumers now have to pay more for everyday goods.

How To Make College More Affordable In The US

How To Make College More Affordable In The US
A college education has many funders. Federal and state governments provide support, as do the institutions of higher education themselves. And then, of course, there is the money paid by the students’ families. Improving access will require additional support from one or more of these sources.

Think The Invisible Hand Controls Markets? Maybe Not

Think The Invisible Hand Controls Markets? Maybe Not
While many economists assume the “invisible hand” theory influences markets, new research finds a disruptor has turned this long-held concept—which Adam Smith introduced in 1759—on its head. The disruptor does not have anything to do with technological advancements or innovation like one might expect—in fact, it’s much simpler. It’s a third party who interrupts a trading relationship.

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For Survival

How Homeless Women Have Little Choice But To Use Sex For SurvivalWomen comprise 42% of Australia’s homeless population. Not only do many women become homeless due to family violence, homelessness can expose them to further gendered violence. Research shows homeless women experience violence – or feel vulnerable to it – in crisis accommodation, such as private rooming houses and motels, to which housing services often refer them due to the scarcity of more suitable alternatives.

4 Myths About The Homeless

4 Myths About The Homeless
An increasing number of people are sleeping outside in tents, doorways, and under bridges. In the United States, 192,875 people were unsheltered on a given night in January 2018, a 9% increase from 2016.

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)

How Work And Living Conditions Can Kill Us (or Keep Us Healthy)
Living and working conditions are the primary causes of good health, and disease and premature death as well. Far more than eating green vegetables and going to the gym more often, living and working conditions have a big impact on health. This has been known in Canada since at least the mid-1850s and any visitor to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website will find ample documentation of this fact.

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend
High student debt levels and low salaries can make it difficult for graduates to get ahead. Even though for-profit colleges get a bad rap for being predatory and leaving students saddled with debt but no degree, a significant number of private nonprofit and public colleges have the same issues.

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality

Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality
Societies tend to become more unequal over time, unless there is concerted pushback. A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse. The process feeds on itself, growing like a cancer...

These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems

va healthcare 4 1The VA has long been in crisis. Nevertheless, it has pioneered evidence-based medicine and, overall, gets better outcomes at lower costs than many private health care providers.

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools

How Chronic Absenteeism Threatens America's Schools
Each year in the United States, approximately 5 to 7.5 million students in the nation’s K-12 schools miss a month or more of school. That means 150 to 225 million instructional days are lost every school year.

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018

Why You Should Vote For Women In 2018
Skeptics may wonder, does the gender of the person who represents you in Congress really matter? Currently, only about 20 percent of all members of Congress are women - 22 of the 100 U.S. senators are female, as are 84 of the 435 members of the U.S. House.

How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity

How The Bargaining Power Of Workers Could Boost Productivity
The UK’s employment rate has been at a record high. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment in the UK fell by 60,000 between October and December 2015, with the highest number of people in work since records began in 1971.

How We Can Close The Indigenous Nutrition Gap

To improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nutrition and health we need real community consultation, improved public governance and political will. After years of neglect and a notable absence in last week’s Closing the Gap report, nutrition is finally being recognised as integral to closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

The Economic Effects Of Restricting Immigration

The Economic Effects Of Restricting ImmigrationThe issue of immigration – and whether or not to restrict it – is hotly debated. Promising stricter immigration laws was an important pillar of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?I struggle with neoliberalism – as a problematic economic system we might want to change – and as an analytical term people increasingly use to describe that system.

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhone

The Behavioral Economics Of An $1,800 IPhoneThe latest iPhone is going on pre-sale today for the eye-watering price of around A$1,800 for 256GB (approx $1400 US). But who on earth would pay that, and why is Apple charging so much? The answer comes down to behavioral economics.

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On Food

Want To Fix America's Health Care? First, Focus On FoodSo far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?

Do Noncompete Clauses Clash With US Labor Laws?Most Americans with jobs work “at-will”: Either party may terminate the arrangement at any time for a good or bad reason or none at all. Employers owe their employees nothing in the relationship and vice versa.

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They Know

Students' Test Scores Tell Us More About The Community They Live In Than What They KnowEvery year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests. These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure.

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