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Author: Geoffrey Gilbert
Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008.
Series: Contemporary world issues.
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Provides a thorough overview and analysis of the increasing gap between the Americans at the top and bottom of the economic scale.
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Gilbert, Geoffrey, 1948-
Rich and poor in America.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2008
(DLC) 2008009350
(OCoLC)173807621
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Gilbert
ISBN: 9781598840575 1598840576 9781598840568 1598840568 1281569895 9781281569899
OCLC Number: 243601699
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 275 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. Background and history --
A widening gap --
Measuring income inequality --
Wealth inequality --
Long-term trends --
Rowboats, yachts, and rising tides --
Race, ethnicity, and economic inequality --
Income inequality and health --
Income inequality and education --
A shrinking middle class? --
From rich to poor and poor to rich : mobility --
Rich and poor : the political dimension --
2. Problems, controversies, and solutions --
The wage structure and human capital --
Labor skills, labor demand, and technological change --
International competition --
Immigration --
Unions and the wage distribution --
The Minimum Wage and inequality --
Winner take all? --
Family structure and income distribution --
Political perspectives on income inequality --
Education as an income equalizer --
The effectiveness of early interventions --
U.S. schools and inequality --
Ways to improve low-SES student performance --
College : ticket to the middle class --
Working on the labor market --
The living wage as a boost to low wages --
Stronger unions as a means to lift low wages --
Earned Income Tax Credit --
Limits on CEO pay --
Immigrant labor supplies --
Taxes and transfer payments --
Wealth and estate taxes --
Asset-building policies --
Summary --
3. Worldwide perspective --
A world of contrasts --
National rates of income inequality --
Income inequality in Latin America and Africa --
Poverty in the rich countries --
National trends in income inequality --
Income by country : divergence or convergence? --
A new concept of global inequality --
Less inequality, less poverty? --
Economic mobility : the United States in global perspective --
Top U.S. incomes in worldwide perspective --
CEO pay and income inequality --
Wealth taxes : a (so far) non-American response to wealth inequality --
A caution on wealth taxes --
4. Chronology --
5. Biographical sketches --
Horatio Alger Jr. --
Anne L. Alstott --
Warren E. Buffett --
John Bates Clark --
Chuck Collins --
Marian Wright Edelman --
John Edwards --
Barbara Ehrenreich --
Victor R. Fuchs --
William H. Gates III --
Corrado Gini --
Hetty Green --
Delores Huerta --
Jonathan Kozol --
Simon Kuznets --
Bhashkar Mazumder --
Sara S. McLanahan --
Mollie Orshansky --
John D. Rockefeller --
Paul G. Schervish --
Thomas M. Shapiro --
Michael Sherraden --
Ronald J. Sider --
Timothy M. Smeeding --
Samuel Walton --
Richard Wilkinson --
Edward N. Wolff --
6. Data and documents --
Inequality and the American public : the Maxwell School Survey --
Perceptions of inequality trends --
Concerns about inequality --
California Kids Investment and Development Savings (KIDS) accounts --
Ben Bernanke on U.S. income inequality --
Pay without performance : the great CEO guarantee --
Are CEOs overpaid? --
The Estate Tax 'recycles' opportunity --
Being profitable is giving back --
Andrew Carnegie on what to do with a fortune --
Giving back, big time : the Carnegie-Buffett connection --
Being poor --
7. Directory of organizations --
8. Selected print and nonprint resources --
Print resources --
Articles --
Books --
Nonprint resources --
Web sites --
Video.
Series Title: Contemporary world issues.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Gilbert.

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