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In India, dark skin is often associated with poverty, partially due to the hierarchichal caste system. Shutterstock

Being darker makes being a migrant much harder

For migrants, prejudice can be a life and death matter. Research in India and South Africa shows life is considerably harder if migrants have a darker skin and come from a poorer country.
Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions. Reuters/Rebecca Cook

How organized labor can reverse decades of decline

Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
A racial wealth gap is persisting after centuries enslavement and systemic discrimination. Hyejin Kang/Shutterstock.com

The case for African American reparations, explained

Thanks to demographic and political changes, Democratic contenders are addressing this issue for the first time.
The tech sector has long had a diversity problem. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

White men may be biggest winners when a city snags Amazon’s HQ2

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. 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.
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.

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