The flaws in the political settlement that ended apartheid need urgent attention.
Mandela’s reconciliation message may have partly reflected his view of the world. But it was also a product of his party, the ANC.
A working mom, off the clock.
This penalty can amount to more than 15 percent of a mom's paycheck. Ramping up paid maternity leave and high-quality child care would probably help narrow the gap.
The tech sector has long had a diversity problem.
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Amazon, like the entire tech sector, has suffered from a lack of diversity in its workforce. This trend is likely to continue when it opens a second headquarters in one of 20 cities.
Got a spare $250 million? If you’re among the 0.1 percent, you probably do.
Income inequality, the most common way to measure the gap between the rich and the poor, only tells part of the story. Wealth inequality tells the rest.
Marine One arrives in the Alps.
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The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different?
An Indian scholar makes the case that caste explains inequality in America better than race and class.
At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
A Democratic aide carries a chart past the Senate chamber.
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While much has been written about why the GOP's tax plan would exacerbate income inequality, there are two reasons it's even worse than you think.
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria.
Protests are raising tensions in Africa's most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?
Kenya’s pregnancy policy hasn’t addressed the inequalities between rich and poor.
Free maternal services introduced in Kenya in 2013 had the immediate impact of increasing access. But it exposed a divide in which the richest 20% of women were the biggest beneficiaries.
Hassan Rouhani’s supporters have high hopes for a second term.
The election TV debates have shown the candidates to be out of touch.
Providing more support for families with children is a key way to grow the middle class.
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Trump should drop his plans to cut taxes and instead look to some of our closest friends to learn what policies actually work to build and sustain a vibrant middle class.
Paraguayan farmers are demanding agrarian reforms that would restore lost jobs to the countryside.
Too many able-bodied Paraguayans are underemployed, fuelling frustration and entrenching inequality.
The DRC has extraordinary potential for socioeconomic advancement.
Political agreements between major political actors aren’t enough to ensure stability in the DRC. Structural changes are needed as is a new approach towards governance.
‘My fellow disenfranchised Americans …’
New measure of 32 countries' economic balance places UK and US near bottom of the pile.
People around the world woke up to a new U.S. president-elect.
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Four of our economic scholars weigh in on Trump's legislative agenda, healing the divide, uncertainty and something known as the 'presidential puzzle.'
U.S. middle class, R.I.P.?
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Finding a way to reduce inequality is key not only to solving a host of other problems but also to rescuing America's fast-disappearing middle class.
The U.S. could do with a shot in the arm too.
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Although the Fed delayed raising rates this month, it has signaled it intends to wean the U.S. economy off its unprecedented monetary stimulus. Now the question is whether Congress will take the handoff.
Share a little?
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Rather than pursue self-interested policies that widen the gap between rich and poor, companies can invest in their workers, curb income inequality and make more money all at the same time.
A polarized nation.
Income inequality and political polarization have both surged in recent decades and are the worst they've ever been. Is one causing the other?