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The State of the Union on Poverty and Inequality

On February 1st, the CPI will host its 3rd annual State of the Union conference. In the 2016 report, we assess how the U.S. stacks up against peer countries on such key indicators as poverty, labor market performance, health inequality, income inequality, wealth inequality, spatial segregation, educational inequality, social mobility, and safety net performance. 

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 17:15

Widening income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. In advanced economies, the gap between the rich and poor is at its highest level in decades.

A world in which the richest 1% owns 48% of global wealth, and in which this imbalance continues to accelerate, is obscene. Radical inequality inevitably sustains extreme poverty just as surely as it sustains extreme wealth.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, has launched a permanent Spanish-language site entirely devoted to the pressing issue of global poverty and economic inequality primarily centered on how it affects the Latin American region.

Inequality is on the rise in several of the world’s developed economies. To calculate an inequality indicator (known as the MSII), MS uses a variety of factors, moving beyond the commonly used GINI coefficient to include measures of wage dispersion, workplace inclusion, health status and digital

Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 Target 5A called for the reduction of maternal mortality ratio by three quarters between 1990 and 2015.

In line with developments observed in several Latin American countries, inequalities in Brazil have significantly declined since the Workers’ Party, PT, came to power in 2003.

It’s a familiar fact that the concentration of income in the hands of a small minority has soared over the past 35 years.


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