Dec 19, 2013

Global inequality: How the U.S. compares

The U.S. has one of the most unequal income distributions among developed nations — even after taxes and transfer payments are taken into account.

Dec 18, 2013

The many ways to measure economic inequality

From President Obama down to local minimum-wage ordinances, issues of economic inequality have been pushing their way back into the national conversation — particularly among Democrats. In a Bloomberg survey earlier this month, 71% of Democrats said the government should work to narrow the gap between rich and poor, while 68% of Republicans said the government should […]

Dec 13, 2013

Chart of the Week: Most new gun laws since Newtown ease restrictions

In the year since the Newtown school shootings, most new state gun laws have loosened rather than tightened restrictions.

Dec 11, 2013

Who’s the boss? In U.S. business, it’s mostly men

Fewer than 5% of Fortune 1000 companies have women CEOs, and only 10% of women nationally say they’re a boss or top manager. Women are consistently less likely than men to say they want to be a boss someday.

Dec 10, 2013

Regulators approve Volcker Rule, but public is split on financial regulation

About half of Americans think the government hasn’t gone far enough in regulating financial institutions following the 2007-08 financial crisis.

Dec 9, 2013

Americans split on value of surveillance programs

Four-in-ten Americans believe the government’s phone and internet surveillance programs have made the U.S. safer against terrorism.

Dec 6, 2013

Chart of the Week: How South Africa changed, and didn’t, over Mandela’s lifetime

South Africa experienced tremendous political change during Nelson Mandela’s lifetime, but whites remain on top of the country’s economy.

Dec 5, 2013

U.S. income inequality, on rise for decades, is now highest since 1928

President Obama took on a topic yesterday that most Americans don’t like to talk about much: inequality. There are a lot of ways to measure economic inequality (and we’ll be discussing more on Fact Tank), but one basic approach is to look at how much income flows to groups at different steps on the economic […]

Dec 4, 2013

5 facts about the minimum wage

A one-day strike by fast-food workers in 100 cities set for Thursday, along with protests planned in 100 more, is refocusing attention on efforts to raise wages for the lowest-paid U.S. workers. Congressional Democrats are pushing a bill that would gradually raise the federal minimum to $10.10/hour from $7.25 and index it to the Consumer Price Index. […]

Dec 2, 2013

China has more internet users than any other country

There are nearly 591 million internet users in China.