Income Inequality

Is the gap between rich and poor getting wider?


A recent Census Bureau report brought a flurry of press attention to the widening gap between rich and poor. The gap in New York City is widening — and is now bigger than in India, noted the New York Daily News. Indeed, most analysts agree incomes of the very rich have been pulling away from all others in recent decades. The average pretax income for the bottom 90 percent of households is almost $900 below what it was in 1979, while the average pretax income for the top 1 percent is $700,000 higher. Having a wealthy class with very large amounts of disposable money is valuable — not harmful — to society, some argue. But others say the recent winner-take-all economy helped trigger the massive ...

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