Thanks to a long history of exclusionary government programs, the typical black family now has only 10 cents for every dollar held by the typical white family.
Americans are increasingly struggling to save enough for retirement. If Social Security isn't saved, growing old in poverty will likely become more common.
While government payments and programs go some way to reducing inequality, the transformation of the labour market and its institutions has cut workers' share of the pie to historic lows.
This is the first article in a series, Reclaiming the Fair Go, to mark the awarding of the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize to Nobel laureate and economist Joseph Stiglitz.
The Productivity Commission neglected the impact of housing costs. After allowing for these costs, the top 10% of households' average disposable income grew at 2.7 times the rate of the bottom 10%.
A new study shows that natural disasters enrich white victims while hurting people of color, worsening wealth inequality. And government aid contributes to the problem.
New legislation may boost growth rate of employee-owned companies in the US, easing the impact of one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history.
Inequality is being driven by a focus on maximising shareholder value to the exclusion of other stakeholders.
Barack Obama was asked to give the Mandela Lecture because he represents what the global liberation struggle icon stood for. He struck the right chord.
The largest cities in Australia and the US are both the richest and the most likely to push out low-income earners. Having cities of all sizes will increase people's choices of where to live and work.
Competition between neighbours turns up the volume on inequality. Homicide and civil war may be the result.
Inequality is decried at campaign rallies and in the global commentariat. But little is being done at any policy level.
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.
The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
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.
If the gap between the wealth of the billionaires and that of the average residents continues to widen dramatically, there is likely to be discontent.
The two major sources of data show conflicting trends on income inequality.
Who do you trust? Increasingly the answer seems to be nobody, especially when it comes to inequality.
The data show wealth inequality has grown but is lower now than before the GFC. And overall household income inequality has barely shifted since the start of this century.