A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
How Americans decide who can come into the country and who can stay reflects beliefs about what makes people worthy of opportunity.
The US is only the 18th happiest country in the world. That's the lowest ranking since reporting began in 2012. What are policymakers doing wrong?
South Africa needs a robust economic policy agenda to make it more open, productive and inclusive.
Where’s my bus?
Even in cities with good public transportation, some areas can be 'transit deserts,' where demand exceeds supply. Living in these zones makes it hard to access good jobs, health care and other services.
Basic income: a step forward for women?
Despite a range of laws and policy measures, many gender inequities seem firmly entrenched. One innovative policy measure that could make a difference is basic income.
We know from every previous wave of feminist activism that some men fear loss of status and power, two things manifest in work and pay.
Angry protests for free higher education by South African students forced the country to search for a solution.
Land expropriation without compensation in South Africa will be resolved by opening up the economy and addressing inequalities.
What’s your ‘street race’?
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.
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.
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.
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
The events of summer 2011 proved that Israel incubates the same sort of socio-economic discontent that upended the wider Middle East.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted.
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.
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.
A medical student examines a patient during daily rounds at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
Year after year, southern states consistently rank among the worst in the US for health and wellness.
Marine One arrives in the Alps.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
The Conversation scholars analyze a few of the key themes and speeches that punctuated the three-day gathering of global elites in the Alps.
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
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
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?
An Indian scholar makes the case that caste explains inequality in America better than race and class.
Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming.
Compared to the average US citizen, American Indians and Alaskan Natives live shorter lives and are at greater risk for a number of health problems.