Fact Tank Jul. 22, 2015

What it means to be poor by global standards

What exactly does it mean to live on $2 per day? And how does that compare with the notion of poverty in richer countries?

Fact Tank Jul. 16, 2015

Are you in the global middle class? Find out with our income calculator

On a global scale, just 13% of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Where do you fit?

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 Sep. 18, 2014

The nation’s wealth recovers, but largely for those at the top

The nation’s aggregate wealth continues to show signs of recovery, but that wealth recovery has been concentrated on the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, the aggregate net worth for America’s economic middle is actually declining.

Fact Tank Apr. 18, 2014

Generational equity and the ‘Next America’

A few critics have portrayed our report as an effort to foment a “generational war” over Social Security and Medicare. Let me respond.

Jan. 27, 2014

Despite recovery, fewer Americans identify as middle class

Today about as many Americans identify themselves as lower or lower-middle class (40%) as say they are in the middle class (44%).

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 Sep. 26, 2013

Household wealth has yet to recover

Until the housing market and home equity levels fully recover, the typical American household still has a ways to go.

Aug. 30, 2013

Black incomes are up, but wealth isn’t

Although household-income growth for African-Americans has outpaced that of whites since the 1960s, those gains haven’t led to any narrowing of the wealth gap between the races.