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Blogging Our Great Divide

New developments on the inequality front? Our Institute for Policy Studies editorial team tracks them here.

A U.S. Pay Ratio Disclosure Victory!

August 5, 2015 /

by Sam Pizzigati

The federal Securities and Exchange Commission has just given Americans an official yardstick for measuring corporate CEO greed. The sourest person in the nation’s capital today just may have been...

Gender Pay Gap for Women Athletes

July 30, 2015 /

by Kelsey Clark

Even three-time World Cup winners face the gender pay gap. The USA women's soccer team—now three-time winners of the Women’s World Cup—made headlines this time around not just for their...

Restoring Labor Rights in Bangladesh

July 23, 2015 /

by Robert Ross

  Two years after the April 24, 2013, collapse of the Rana Plaza building, Bangladesh has become a laboratory to test whether pressure from worldwide labor unions and NGOs in...

Is Wall Street Pay Too High?

July 23, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

  As we reach the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Obama administration's thunderous attacks on Wall Street bonuses seem a distant memory. "I'd like to throw these guys...

What Obama Can Learn From Scotland

July 16, 2015 /

by Kelsey Clark

As the Scots begin tackling their rising incarceration problem, America should learn from them. A few weeks ago, I walked through the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland, making my way to...

Stalling CEO Worker-Pay Disclosure

July 16, 2015 /

by Sarah Anderson

  Regulators of the Great Depression era could teach their modern-day counterparts a few lessons in how to get things done. Consider, for example, how fast the Securities and Exchange...

Billionaires Declare Tax Independence

July 3, 2015 /

by Ben St. Clair


by Josh Hoxie

The need for a robust tax on inherited wealth has never been greater. As we celebrate our collective history this Fourth of July, we should remember that we live in...

Snake Oil Won’t Cure Inequality

June 25, 2015 /

by Jim Hightower

The GOP's 2016 contenders talk a good game about the wealth gap while making it even bigger. At last, America’s political leaders now feel the pain of the poor and...

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