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From academics to activists, thoughtful people worldwide are focusing their attention on economic inequality as never before.

The Realonomy Explained

January 12, 2012 /

by Salvatore Babones

In 2005 Citigroup stock analysts Ajay Capur, Niall Macleod, and Narendra Singh had an incredible insight. Once upon a time GDP growth meant that the whole economy improved.  But in...

The Biggest Tax Cut of All

January 9, 2012 /

by Salvatore Babones

Between the 1950s and the 2000s marginal taxes on the wealthiest Americans have fallen from 90% to 35%. As late as 1982 the top marginal tax rate was still 50%,...

COLAs, CPIs, and the $14 Minimum Wage

January 2, 2012 /


Inflation has been steadily eroding the value of the U.S. minimum wage over recent decades. But inflation only explains part of the story why the minimum wage has become such...

The Realonomy versus the Wealthy 1%

December 29, 2011 /

by Salvatore Babones

According to the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, the economy is growing again.  In fact, it's been growing since July 2009.  The economy grew in the second half of 2009,...

Employment in Today’s Realonomy

December 26, 2011 /

by Salvatore Babones

The past few months have brought us headlines like "Sharp Drop in Unemployment Rates" and "New Unemployment Claims at 9-Month Low."  It sounds like employment trends today are finally looking up. ...

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