Rich and poor in America : a reference handbook / Geoffrey Gilbert.

This work 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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Main Author: Gilbert, Geoffrey, 1948-
Corporate Author: Credo Reference (Firm)
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2008]
Series:Contemporary world issues.
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Table of 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
  • Contact information for video distributors and vendors
  • Glossary.