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What’s your ‘street race’? blvdone/

The US Census Bureau keeps confusing race and ethnicity

The upcoming census, like many before it, will boil complex information on race, ethnicity and ancestry into just two questions. That leaves a lot of important information out of the data.
Survivor of the mudslide are seen attending school on November 15, 2017 at the Old Skool Camp, in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown. Saidu Bah/AFP

Can education become truly egalitarian worldwide?

About 263 million children and youth worldwide are out of school. If some progress have been made, especially on school attendance, huge gaps remain on gender parity or equity in schooling choices.
The global economy enables a wealthy elite to accumulate vast fortunes while hundreds of millions of people struggle to survive on low wages, according to an Oxfam report. EPA/Mast Irham

Inequality is not inevitable, it’s a policy choice, says Oxfam

The rich have to be taxed more and the poor need to be paid more, according to Oxfam International head of inequality policy Max Lawson.
Income equality creates both spatial and social divides within cities. Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters

How to use the power of urban planning to tackle inequality

Amid rising inequality, two inclusionary planning instruments are at work to combat it in Indonesia. But without better enforcement, their full benefits will not be realised
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted. Joseph Sohm/

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing’

Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
Got a spare $250 million? If you’re among the 0.1 percent, you probably do. Bruce Makowsky

How rich are the rich? If only you knew

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.
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’? Ed Yourdon from New York City, USA (Helping the homeless Uploaded by Gary Dee, via Wikimedia Commons

How should we decide what to do?

A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos honored musician and philanthropist Elton John for his contributions to upholding ‘human dignity.’ AP Photo/Markus Schreiber

Davos grapples with inequality

The global elites are paying attention.
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? Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Does America have a caste system?

An Indian scholar makes the case that caste explains inequality in America better than race and class.
Jeff Bezos is now the richest person in the world. Reed Saxon/AP Photo

The world on a billionaire’s budget

There are about 2,000 billionaires in the world, controlling over $7.6 trillion. How does that compare to the income of an average American?

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