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Policy Basics

The gap between rich and poor has been growing for decades, reaching levels not seen since the “Roaring ‘20s.”

We track income trends, and we analyze tax and spending proposals for their effects on income inequality. We promote policies that would help offset rising inequality, and we oppose policies that would make inequality worse.

Breaking Down Barriers to Economic Opportunity

The lack of upward mobility for low- and middle-income children – a product of inequality and poverty – strikes at the heart of the American dream.  But several evidence-based policies can boost...

Support for Home Visiting Programs Slated to Expire

A federal-state partnership that supports home visiting programs in every state will expire March 31 unless Congress extends it, jeopardizing programs with a proven record of strengthening high-risk...

Our Big-Picture Look at Inequality

“The broad facts of income inequality over the past six decades are easily summarized,” our newly updated Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality explains: The years from...