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Monday, November 14, 2005

Inequality in the U.S.

A good column by Sebastian Mallaby in the Washington Post about the growing income inequality in the United States. Mallaby writes:

Inequality in the United States is now more pronounced than in any other advanced country. Comparing the top 10 percent of households with the bottom 10 percent, the United States during the 1990s was nearly twice as unequal as Sweden and about a third more unequal than France.
Why does this matter? Inequality is socially acceptable and even economically desirable to the extent that it reflects differences in talent, risk-taking and hard work. But if it reflects the circumstances of birth, it is immoral and wasteful. The problem with the 50 percent jump in the inequality ratio is that it gives the offspring of the rich such fundamentally different education, health care and social horizons that it's hard for the rest to catch up. Sharper class differences mean more rigid class differences as well. Talent is squandered.

Click here to read the full article.

Also check out these statistics and graphs from the Economic Policy Institute.

--Tom Hayes


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