Inequality By Peter R. Orszag, BloombergView, September 28, 2015. []

Why a Meaningful Boost for Those at the Bottom Requires Help From the Top By Noam Scheiber, The Upshot (blog), The New York Times, July 6, 2015. [No way to reduce income inequality without steep taxes on the richest.]

This chart explains everything you need to know about inequality By Matt O'Brien, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, April 20, 2015. [More on a new visual comparison of average incomes of the bottom 90 percent and the top one percent of the US population over time.]

The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs, By Quoctrung Bui, Planet Money (blog), NPR, FEBRUARY 11, 2015 . [A nice new visual comparison of average incomes of the bottom 90 percent and the top one percent of the US population over time.]

Unequal, Yet Happy By STEVEN QUARTZ and ANETTE ASP, The New York Times, APRIL 11, 2015. []

In love, opposites don’t attract — and that’s a big problem for inequality By Max Ehrenfreund, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, December 18. [Assortative mating leads to increasing inequality and lower social mobility.]

How the Rich Conquered the Economy, in One Chart By Jordan Weissmann, Slate, September 25, 2014. [Business cycle recoveries are not what they used to be.]

Americans Have No Idea How Bad Inequality Really Is By Jordan Weissmann, Slate, September 26, 2014. [And if they did, they wouldn’t want European-style solutions.]

Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility By Richard Reeves, Brookings Institution, YouTube, August 19, 2014. [Scoail mobility depends on race, marital status of parents, education, etc.]

A New Report Argues Inequality Is Causing Slower Growth. Here’s Why It Matters. By Neil Irwin, The Upshot (blog), The New York Times, August 5, 2014. [Now even the hired-gun economists at S&P are arguing that inequality reduces macroeconomic growth. article]

Why Voters Aren’t Angrier About Economic Inequality By Eduardo Porter, The Upshot (blog), The New York Times, July 24, 2014. [Nice summary of current thinking on a headscratcher of a humdinger of a conundrum of an enigma of a riddle of a question in social science: Why, in majoritarian democracies such as the United States, isn't there more electoral support for redistribution of income and/or wealth from the top 1% to the bottom 99%? Answers: the 1% can simply buy influence, the 99% are blissfully unaware of the true extent of inequality, and many among the 99% are ideologically opposed to redistribution.]

Wealth Gap By John Oliver, Last Week Tonight, HBO, July 13, 2014. [Q: Why isn't there a politcal groundswell in favor of the redistribution of income and/or wealth? A: The poor have become convinced that they have a shot at some day getting rich.]

The ’1 Percent’ isn’t America’s biggest source of inequality. College is. BY JIM TANKERSLEY, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, May 22, 2014. [Discusses this paper by David Autor.]

Has Rising Inequality Brought Us Back to the 1920s? It Depends on How We Measure Income By Gary Burtless, Up-Front (blog),, May 20, 2014. [The data on income inequality does not tell the whole story. Also published in Real Clear Markets.]

The Politics of Income Inequality By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, May 13, 2014. [How income inequality affects U.S. politics.]

Taking on Adam Smith (and Karl Marx) By STEVEN ERLANGER, The New York Times, APRIL 19, 2014. [Excellent profile of Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."]

Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality Timothy Shenk, The Nation, April 14, 2014; appeared in the May 5, 2014 edition of The Nation. [Capitalism’s new critics take on an economics run amok.]

Economist Receives Rock Star Treatment By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER, The New York Times, APRIL 18, 2014. [Ticker tape parade for Thomas Piketty in the United States!]

Better Insurance Against Inequality By ROBERT J. SHILLER, The New York Times, April 12, 2014. [Revenue-neutral inequality indexation of income tax rates: a proposal to use the tax system to attack inequality. Fine, but what about wealth inequality?]

Can We Close the Pay Gap? By DEBORAH HARGREAVES, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, MARCH 29, 2014. [The disparity between a chief executive’s pay and the average worker’s wage is larger than ever. What can be done?]

Q&A: A Sociologist on Inequality By EDUARDO PORTER, Economix (blog), The New York Times, MARCH 25, 2014. [Interview with Prof. Lane Kenworthy, a sociologist, in the effects of economic inequality.]

Income Equality: A Search for Consequences By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, March 25, 2014. [What really is so bad about economic inequality?]

Income Inequality (30): A Primer on Inequality and Economic Growth By Filip Spagnoli (blog), March 16, 2014. []

What Comes After Rich Baby Boomers? Kids With a Big Inheritance By ANNIE LOWREY, Magazine, Thw New York Times, March 11, 2014. [An enormous, intergenerational transfer of wealth is imminent. What sort of country will it leave in its wake?]

Q&A: Thomas Piketty on the Wealth Divide By EDUARDO PORTER, Economix (blog), The New York Times, March 11, 2014. [Interview with the author of a new book on inequality that is making headlines.]

A Relentless Widening of Disparity in Wealth By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times, March 11, 2014. [Discussion of the thesis of Thomas Piketty's new book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."]

The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever By Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Observer, Saturday 8 March 2014. [Five years after The Spirit Level, authors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue that research backs up their views on the iniquity of inequality.]

College, the Great Unleveler By SUZANNE METTLER, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, March 1, 2014. [Is higher education actually making inequality worse?]

Winners Take All, but Can’t We Still Dream? By ROBERT H. FRANK, The New York Times, February 22, 2014. [Which economic metaphor best describes our future: the winner-take-all economy or the long-tail economy?]

Your Ancestors, Your Fate By GREGORY CLARK, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, February 21, 2014. [Social mobility has always been slow.]

Study Finds Greater Income Inequality in Nation’s Thriving Cities By ANNIE LOWREY, The New York Times, FEB. 20, 2014. ["Inequality is sharply higher in economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco than in less dynamic ones like Columbus, Ohio, and Wichita, Kan."]

Sex, brains and inequality The Economist, February 8, 2014. [It is not enough to decry the rise in economic inequality in America. It is also necessary to identify the events that have led to the rise in inequality and to see if those events have an independent merit that transcends the unfortunate side effect of rising inequality. Assortative mating -- the tendency of husbands and wives to come from the similar socio-economic strata -- and the increasing numbers of highly accomplished women have led to a decline in the number of couples with a high-flyer husband and a low-flyer wife. This is an important contributor to the rise in economic inequality in America, says a new study. Sexual equality is valuable in itself whether or not it leads to economic inequality.]

Social mobility: Have and have not The Economist, February 1, 2014. [Review of "The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility" by Gregory Clark.]

How Inequality Hollows Out the Soul By RICHARD WILKINSON and KATE PICKETT, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, February 2, 2014. ["It is hard to avoid the conclusion that we become less nice people in more unequal societies. But we are less nice and less happy: Greater inequality redoubles status anxiety, damaging our mental health and distorting our personalities — wherever we are on the social spectrum."]

Capitalism vs. Democracy By Thomas B. Edsall, The New York Times, January 28, 2014. ["Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” defies left and right orthodoxy by arguing that worsening inequality is an inevitable outcome of free market capitalism."]

10 startling facts about global wealth inequality BY EZRA KLEIN, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, January 22, 2014. [Highlights from new data on the worldwide distribution of wealth. Oxfam Report, Global Wealth Report 2013 by Credit Suisse]

Upward Mobility Has Not Declined, Study Says By DAVID LEONHARDT, The New York Times, JAN. 23, 2014. [The odds of moving up — or down — the income ladder in the United States have not changed appreciably in the last 20 years.]

The Myth of the Deserving Rich By Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal (blog), The New York Times, January 18, 2014. [Expanding the discussion of inequality from the top one percent to, say, the top five percent is a way of avoiding difficult truths about the rise in inequality.]

The Inequality Problem By David Brooks, The New York Times, January 16, 2014. []

Why the Swiss Scorn the Superrich By PETER STAMM, The New York Times, Published: November 22, 2013. [In Switzerland, the land of farming and social modesty, another referendum targets excessive pay.]

The Single Best Argument Against Inequality By David Callahan, The American Prospect, November 18, 2013. [Inequality undermines growth and hurts everyone.]

AMERICAN INEQUALITY IN SIX CHARTS By John Cassidy, Rational Irrationality (blog), The New Yorker, November 18, 2013. []

Rethinking the Rise of Inequality By EDUARDO PORTER, The New York Times, Published: November 12, 2013. [An opinion gaining traction holds that educational disparity is not the main driver of the growing economic inequality in the United States.]

Rising Up the Ladder in America: Who’s Upwardly Mobile? By Lauren Weber, At Work (blog), The Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2013. [Income mobility is low in the United States.]

Questions for Free-Market Moralists By AMIA SRINIVASAN, The Stone (blog), The New York Times, October 20, 2013. [Conservatives often present Robert Nozick's view that an unfettered free market leads to a just society as moral common sense. But is it?]

Millions of Millionaires at Top of Wealth Pyramid video, The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2013. [How much of the world's wealth is held by Americans? How many millionaires and billionaires are there on the planet? Who are the .7%? Drilling into Credit Suisse's 2013 Global Wealth Report, WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.]

Inequality: how wealth is distributed in the UK - animated video Inequality Briefing, The Guardian, October 8, 2013. [New polling by Inequality Briefing suggests that most people perceive the distribution of wealth in the UK to be far more equal than it actually is. In fact, for more than 30 years the gap between the richest and the rest has widened - and the trend shows no sign of slowing, as this animation by the organisation makes clear.]

The Great Divide: Inequality Is a Choice By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, October 13, 2013. [Income inequality results more from political decisions than economic forces.]

The Great Divide: American Bile By ROBERT B. REICH, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, September 21, 2013. [Downward economic mobility helps explain our polarization and mistrust.]

Lexington: The American Dream, RIP? The Economist, September 21, 2013. [Tyler Cowen, an economist, asks provocative questions about the future of social mobility.]

Inequality: Growing apart The Economist, September 21, 2013. [America’s income inequality is growing again. Time to cut subsidies to the rich and invest in the young.]

Thomas B. Edsall: Can the Government Actually Do Anything About Inequality? By THOMAS B. EDSALL, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, September 10, 2013. [Listening in on the debate between political scientists and economists.]

The Great Divide: Who's Your Daddy? By MILES CORAK, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, July 20, 2013. [Better job opportunities for the children of the top 1 percent deepen our cynicism about how people get ahead.]

The Great Divide: How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, July 14, 2013. [In its recent, unanimous decision that human genes cannot be patented, the Supreme Court gave a rare victory to the cause of economic fairness.]

The Great Divide: Class Struggle in the Sky By James Atlas, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, July 6, 2013. [Whats happening above the clouds mirrors whats happening on the ground.]

Congrats, CEOs! You’re making 273 times the pay of the average worker. By Lydia DePillis, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, Published: June 26, 2013. [The ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay is 273-1, down from a high of 383-1 in 2000, but up from 20-1 in 1965.]

RIP, American Dream? Why It's So Hard for the Poor to Get Ahead Today By MATTHEW O'BRIEN, The Atlantic, JUNE 18 2013. [High-income kids who don't graduate from college are 2.5 times more likely to end up rich than low-income kids who do get a degree.]

Inequality and Economic Growth: Paul Krugman and Tony Atkinson in Conversation Graduate Center, City University of New York, May 20, 2013. []

The Great Divide: No Rich Child Left Behind By SEAN F. REARDON, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, April 27, 2013. [Family income is now a better predictor of children’s success in school than race.]

Wealth inequality: Your money, your life, Democracy in America (blog), The Economist, March 14, 2013. ["Money should not be permitted to buy political power or the power to dominate others. Nor should great wealth translate into the power to lord longer life expectancies over the poor and to shift more of the burden of work and taxation onto their shoulders."]

Research ties economic inequality to gap in life expectancy By Michael A. Fletcher, The Washington Post, Published: March 10, 2013. [Increases in income inequality are finding an echo in inequality in life expectancy.]

This viral video is right: We need to worry about wealth inequality by Ezra Klein, Wonkblog (blog), The Washington Post, March 6, 2013. [Here's the video discussed in the article:]

Taxing Away Inequality: A Conversation with Emmanuel Saez by David Grusky, Boston Review, February 28, 2013. [Last month, U.C. Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez spoke [See video below] to the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University about his pioneering research into global income inequality. A critical question his work raises is whether high taxes on the wealthy can curb inequality. Before his talk, Saez sat down with Stanford sociologist David Grusky to discuss further why taxation, though a blunt instrument, might be the best available solution.]

Video: "Income Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications" by Emmanuel Saez, public lecture to the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University, Published on Feb 1, 2013. [Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez' lecture presents evidence on income inequality from the World Top Incomes Database. The database includes top income shares time series over the long run for more than twenty countries. He summarizes the key empirical findings and discusses the role of technology and globalization, government regulations, and tax progressivity in explaining the empirical findings.]

Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, February 16, 2013. [The upwardly mobile American is becoming a statistical oddity.]

When Families Fail By DAVID BROOKS, The New York Times, Published: February 14, 2013. [President Obama’s new prekindergarten initiative focuses on reform, as it should.]

Downton and Downward By Timothy Egan, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, February 14, 2013. [While upward mobility in class-conscious Britain, and most of Western Europe, is rising, the American dream of opportunity is vanishing.]

The Great Divide: In China, a Vast Chasm Between the Rich and the Rest By SIM CHI YIN, Opinionator (blog), The New York Times, February 9, 2013. [The gulf between China’s booming cities and its poor countryside has become a major source of social unrest.]

It's Hard to Make It in America By Lane Kenworthy, Foreign Affairs, November/December 2012. [How the United States Stopped Being the Land of Opportunity]

Housing Prices and Income Inequality By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM, Economix (blog), The New York Times, October 17, 2012. [Two researchers argue that the cost of living in areas with the greatest economic opportunities has forced low-wage workers to migrate instead to areas with inferior opportunities.]

Income Inequality May Take Toll on Growth By ANNIE LOWREY, The New York Times, Published: October 16, 2012. [The concentration of income in a few hands might mean, many economists say, a less vigorous economy.]

Joseph Stiglitz Extended Interview Pt. 2 The Daily Show, July 25, 2012. [In this exclusive, unedited interview, economist and author Joseph Stiglitz suggests ways to move workers out of manufacturing and into other economic spheres.]

Joseph Stiglitz Extended Interview Pt. 1 The Daily Show, July 25, 2012. [In this exclusive, unedited interview, economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that past American innovators weren't motivated by money and wouldn't be deterred by higher taxes.]

The Price of Inequality By Joseph E. Stiglitz, Project Syndicate, June 5, 2012. ["Numbers show that the American dream is a myth. There is less equality of opportunity in the United States today than there is in Europe – or, indeed, in any advanced industrial country for which there are data."]

Harder for Americans to Rise From Lower Rungs By JASON DePARLE, The New York Times, January 5, 2012. [Americans enjoy less economic mobility than their peers in Canada and much of Western Europe in part because of the depth of poverty, family background and the gaps between the rich and the rest.]

Is This a Great Country?, Editorial, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, April 1, 2003.

Economic Inequality Grew in 90's Boom, Fed Reports By EDMUND L. ANDREWS, The New York Times, January 23, 2003.

Does Class Count in Today's Land of Opportunity? By FELICIA R. LEE, The New York Times, January 18, 2003.

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Who Are the Truly Rich?
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January 12, 2003
The Triumph of Hope Over Self-Interest
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The price of freedom
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February 9, 2002

Robert Nozick: Not all words need be last words
Jan 31st 2002
The Economist

January 28, 2002
Capitalism for Consenting Adults
Philosopher Nozick dies at 63: University professor was major intellectual figure of 20th century
By Ken Gewertz
Harvard University Gazette
January 17, 2002

John Rawls and the Liberal Faith
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The Wilson Quarterly
Spring 2002

Dangerous Egalitarian Dreams
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City Journal
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Living on a Median Income Means Worries for Oregon Family of Four

August 20, 2002
Low Cost of Living Helps One Iowa Family Live Well

August 19, 2002
Life at Median Income Means Scrimping, Bargain Hunting: How a Single Mother Is Making It All Work
June 25, 2002
Lies, Damned Lies And the Census

June 17, 2002
Census Finds Rising Tide, and Many Who Missed Boat
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June 5, 2002
Gains of 90's Did Not Lift All, Census Shows
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May 15, 2002
Census Shows Bigger Houses and Incomes, but Not for All
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February 24, 2002
Brown Adopts Need-Blind Admissions Rule
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Grounded by an Income Gap
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