Populations revolt when lives are improving but not fast enough to meet their rising expectations.
Some economists have touted the rising middle class as a panacea for Africa's challenges. But a more realistic diagnosis of what makes up a middle class is needed.
Today's classes were born out of the machine age. They are not fit for purpose in 21st century Britain.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
Reaching middle class status and sustaining it into retirement is a major challenge. The key is to live within your means.
Three of our regular writers offer their thoughts on the key economic issues and themes in the new year.
Our scholars delivered a steady supply of research and analysis on what was a busy year in business and economics.
It's not just about passing exams – parents are paying for their children to be 'people smart'.
Sure, a chunk of Stuyvesant Town's units will remain affordable for 20 years. But what happens after that?
One reason for widening inequality is the decline of unions, which in turn is partly the result of the gradual elimination of the "working class" from our vocabulary.
The black middle class occupies a complex and sometimes precarious position in society, one that requires constant renegotiation.