Fact Tank Oct. 30, 2014

When it comes to happiness, money matters

The different direction of economic fortunes since the Great Recession has had a major impact on life satisfaction in countries around the world.

Fact Tank Oct. 23, 2014

Where people say giving bribes gets you ahead in life

Whether it’s to cover up a scandal or score a business contract – the act of bribery is widespread across the world.

Fact Tank Oct. 20, 2014

Debate over inequality highlights sharp partisan divisions on the issue

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen addressed the issue of inequality in a speech last week, an issue on which there is a sharp partisan divide.

Oct. 7, 2014

Share of Affluent Students Who Borrow for College Doubles

In 2012, a record 69% of the nation’s new college graduates had taken out student loans. Graduates from more affluent families are much more likely to borrow today than they were 20 years ago.

Sep. 16, 2014

Public is sharply divided in views of Americans in poverty

Poverty is an issue that deeply divides the American public when it comes to how much of a role government should play in alleviating the problems of the poor.

Fact Tank Sep. 8, 2014

Who makes minimum wage?

Perhaps surprisingly, not very many people earn minimum wage, and they make up a smaller share of the workforce than they used to.

U.S. Politics Sep. 4, 2014

56% of Americans Believe They Are ‘Falling Behind’ Financially

Public views of the job market have improved modestly, but overall economic optimism remains limited. Many say their incomes are falling behind the cost of living and 45% have experienced a serious financial hardship.

Jul. 1, 2014

Wage gap between high and low earners rising most among Hispanics

The earnings gap in the nation’s workforce has widened in recent years as the pay of high-wage workers has risen and the pay of low-wage workers has fallen, but Hispanics may be feeling the impact more acutely than others.

Fact Tank Jun. 23, 2014

Five years in, recovery still underwhelms compared with previous ones

The current economic recovery, which hit the five-year mark this month, has underperformed other recent expansions that have lasted at least as long.

Hispanic Jun. 19, 2014

Immigrants No Longer the Majority of Hispanic Workers

For the first time in nearly two decades, immigrants do not account for the majority of Hispanic workers in the United States. And most of the job gains made by Hispanics during the economic recovery have gone to U.S.-born workers.