Dec. 17, 2014

America’s wealth gap between middle-income and upper-income families is widest on record

The gap between America’s upper-income and middle-income families has reached its highest level on record. In 2013, the median wealth of the nation’s upper-income families ($639,400) was nearly seven times the median wealth of middle-income families ($96,500).

Dec. 12, 2014

Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession

The median wealth of white households was 13 times the wealth of black households and 10 times that of Hispanic households in 2013, compared with eight and nine times, respectively, in 2010.

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.