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2013 study form the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City showing how job polarization is not merely the result of a decline in U.S. manufacturing, but rather is a structural issue across sectors.
Updated April 2013: A review of relevant studies and papers on U.S. income inequality, as presented through the Storify publishing platform.
2012 study in the journal Demography showing how American parents are spending increasing amounts of resources on their children.
2013 study from Ohio State University on the effects of coal mining and poverty in the Appalachia region.
2013 report for National Center for Education Statistics examines the median federal student debt burden accrued by students who did not complete a postsecondary credential within six years.
2012 paper from the Urban Institute summarizing the latest research on programs that assist poor families and the strategies that have proved most effective.
2013 study in The Journal of Positive Psychology providing rare insights into the community of trash pickers living in extreme poverty in Nicaragua.
2013 paper in the World Bank Research Observer that estimates, under an optimistic scenario, a billion people could be lifted out of extreme poverty by 2027.
2012 report from Harvard University on impact of the 2008 housing crash on low-income and minority individuals.
2012 study from Vanderbilt University on the effects of a service learning mentoring program and college students’ learning about social inequality.
2013 review of academic scholarship and government research on women, work and work/life balance.
Roundup of recent research on affirmative action, diversity and racial attitudes at U.S. universities.
2013 literature review of academic studies that look at the minimum wage, its effects and policy implications.
2012 paper from Harvard University exploring how restrictive zoning across the United States had decreased labor mobility and stalled progress toward diminishing income inequality.
2013 and 2010 studies for the National Bureau of Economic Research on changes in the U.S. labor market, the “hollowing out” of middle-income jobs, and disparities between high- and low-wage jobs.
2011 paper from the University of Chicago consolidating previous scholarship that attempts to explain ongoing employment and earnings disparities for African-Americans.
2012 study from Rutgers finds that overly broad definitions of mental illness have resulted in improper categorization of some poor mothers as suffering from psychiatric conditions.
2010 study from the United States Census Bureau and New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy on gentrification and displacement.
2012 study from the Pew Research Center on how the American demographic landscape is seeing increasing numbers of areas segregated by income.
2010 study in The Sociological Quarterly on how work environments and social policies may impact the gender wage gap.