Fact Tank 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 […]

Fact Tank Dec. 6, 2013

The U.S.’s high income gap is met with relatively low public concern

Public awareness of income inequality in the U.S. appears to be out of touch with existing income gaps in contrast to most other countries.

Fact Tank 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 […]

Fact Tank Dec. 5, 2013

Americans see growing gap between rich and poor

The issue of income inequality is back in the news at a time when the U.S. public believes there is a growing gulf between rich and poor that is likely to continue.

Fact Tank Nov. 26, 2013

Anxious about the economy, more Americans worry about their jobs

About six-in-ten Americans worry that they will lose their jobs due to the current state of the economy.

Fact Tank Nov. 20, 2013

Experts rank the top 10 global trends

A new report from the World Economic Forum ranks the 10 most important global trends, based on a poll of 1,592 leaders from academia, business, government, and non-profits. Here are some data points that compare and contrast the public’s views around the world with the trends identified by the experts. 1. Rising societal tensions in the Middle […]

Fact Tank Nov. 15, 2013

The global consensus: Inequality is a major problem

One of the most striking findings from a recent Pew Research Center survey of general publics across the globe was the degree to which people see the gap between rich and poor as a major challenge. In 31 of 39 nations, half or more of those polled said inequality is a very big problem in their country.

Global Nov. 8, 2013

Despite Challenges, Africans Are Optimistic about the Future

Even though many in Africa continue to face serious financial adversity, their economic outlook is more positive than many others around the world, and they are hopeful about their children’s future.

Fact Tank Nov. 8, 2013

Chart of the Week: The changing patterns of global income distribution

Swedish academic Hans Rosling uses advanced graphics and display technology to show how billions of people worldwide have escaped extreme poverty.

Sep. 24, 2013

The growing economic clout of the college educated

For the first time on record, nearly one out of every two dollars in aggregate U.S. household income went to the college educated.