Obama returns focus to America’s struggling middle class
As President Obama prepares to make a “major” speech on the economy today, our past reports describe the challenges the middle class has faced in the past decades.
Who makes minimum wage?
The controversy over Washington, D.C.’s “living wage” ordinance, which may prompt Wal-Mart to pull out of as many as six new stores planned for the city, has drawn new attention to those near the bottom of the nation’s wage ladder. The ordinance would require large, non-union retailers to pay their workers above the District’s $8.25-an-hour […]
The Mediterranean: Go for the beaches, not the mood
The Mediterranean is a sea of misery, according to the Pew Research Center’s recent report on global economic trends. Nations ringing the Mediterranean consistently rank at or near the top of multiple measures of pessimism in the 39-country survey. And, in what should surprise exactly no one, Greece has by far the bleakest outlook, topping […]
Mapping Mediterranean Misery
The closer the country is to the outer edge of the spider graph, the more negative its attitudes are; the closer it is to the center of the graph, the more positive its attitudes are. To see more countries, select in the legend below.
Economic recovery favors the more-affluent who own stocks
While the stock market has been surging, there is a big gap who who benefits that has implications for the strength of the economic recovery.
Mothers are now the sole or primary provider in 40% of households with children, up from just 11% in 1960. The public is conflicted about the gains women have made in the workplace, applauding the economic benefits, but also voicing concerns about the impact on children and marriage.
U.S. stands out as a rich country where a growing minority say they can’t afford food
During tough economic times many people around the world find it difficult to afford life’s basic necessities. Nearly half (a median of 49%) of those surveyed by the Pew Research Center in developing economies and a quarter (25%) in emerging markets say that, at some point in the past year, they have been unable to afford food that their families needed.
Quiz: Global Econ Quiz
Test how much you know about economic attitudes in the world with this quiz.
Data: Advanced Economies Report Lowest Deprivation
While people in advanced economies are most bearish about their economic situation, they report very low levels of deprivation relative to others around the world.
Emerging Markets Better Rated During Difficult Times
Citizens of emerging market countries are happier with their economies than are people in advanced or developing economies.