The consequences will be far more severe and long lasting in poorer countries.
Most consumers in South Africa aren't able to fill up a trolley of groceries for their daily needs, let alone join the panic buying induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Great Depression reduced inequality and closed the racial wealth gap, the Great Recession of 2009 did the opposite.
A new survey shows that people with advanced degrees make more money starting out on the same jobs as those with just bachelor's degrees. But there's more to the story, two sociologists note.
Reactions in South Africa give little reason for hope that the virus will bring people closer together or trigger more energetic action against poverty.
As the coronavirus spreads far and wide, a political philosopher argues that it is a time to understand that the idea of individual happiness does not work without thinking of the larger good.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing people to study and work online. It's also sparked a need for news and information. That's a challenge for the 24 million Americans who lack broadband internet access.
So far, children have not been as sickened by the coronavirus as adults. So why do officials talk about closing schools? And what does this mean for you as a parent? A public health expert explains.
Economic inequality is growing across the world, but few are talking about the ways to tackle it.
The 17 goals seek to end all forms of poverty everywhere by 2030, by achieving 169 targets. Progress in achieving them does not match the hype.
Our research has brought us into contact with multiple communities whose lives are increasingly precarious thanks to climate change.
Public criticism of the Chinese government's handling of coronavirus shows that the Chinese people can overcome both strict censorship and a gaping class divide when they get angry enough.
A scholar of intensive after-school 'hyper education' says it's becoming a more common extracurricular activity for children of all ages.
Short-term schemes make it difficult to assess, but nine basic income-style programmes from Canada to Iran reveal some fascinating outcomes.
After years of neoliberal policies eroding the tax base to pay for high schools, mandatory online learning curriculum from classrooms could be the next international money-maker.
Even in the most tense and dangerous of moments, the elite has found a way to come back together.
In a national survey, transgender individuals had worse employment outcomes, lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than cisgender people.
Most of the community radio stations operate on a survivalist level, and should be seen as struggling small, medium and micro enterprises.
The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is the latest example of weakened enforcement of antitrust laws, which reduces competition and exacerbates already-record levels of inequality.
A team of researchers have developed a method in which Australian children can have access to schools outside their catchment area.