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Economic Mobility

Stock markets, wage gaps, tax laws: the policies that help and hinder Americans' ability to get ahead.

America has an innovation problem. The H-1B visa backlog is making it worse.

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The profound impact of giving American families a little more cash

Six months of payments lifted millions of children out of poverty. Then they stopped.

The simplest, most revolutionary approach to ending poverty

Warren Buffett defends his approach to philanthropy as he quits the Gates Foundation board

US investment alone won’t solve Central America’s migrant crisis

The case for canceling student debt — all of it

What should coal communities do when power plants shut down? Ask Germany.

How an unpaid bill can lead to prison

There are no easy answers on canceling student debt

From mental health to home-buying, there are myriad ways education loans can affect lives. That’s why it’s so difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution, economists say.

Here’s what the “Black tax” does to so many families — including mine

How inheritance became a gift, a necessity, and a curse

Biden has launched the second war on poverty

US nursing homes have a staffing crisis. Here’s one way to fix it.

Republicans are trying to exchange a minimum wage hike for a crackdown on undocumented workers

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The death of the department store and the American middle class

The collapse of America’s middle class crushed department stores. Amazon and the pandemic are the final blows.

Exclusive: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz on how to fix the economy during and after the pandemic

The great rebuild

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We can end America’s unemployment nightmare

The problem with our social safety net is clear. The solution is, too.

Young people are the new corps of engineers the US has been waiting for

The end of the American dream

Covid-19 relief loans have dried up or never arrived. Customers aren’t returning. What comes next for your neighborhood wine shop, bodega, nail salon, or art gallery may be "an extinction-level" event.

10 cities captured nearly 50% of the growth in new tech jobs

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Chris Hughes wants another chance

The multimillionaire Facebook co-founder is the latest moneyed titan to turn philanthropist, and has even called for Facebook’s dismantling. Can he really make a difference?

Democrats are moving past neoliberalism — and to this view instead

How meritocracy harms everyone — even the winners

Meet the women suing America’s biggest companies over equal pay

A spate of lawsuits against giants from Google and Twitter to Nike and Goldman Sachs reveals the growing frustrations of women in pursuit of the C-suite.

Tucker Carlson on why conservatives should crack down on “vulture capitalism”

A new study shows that even the poorest immigrants lift themselves up within a generation

The US isn’t the only major economy facing a possible recession

We can’t fund the progressive agenda by taxing the 1% alone

The latest jobs report shows no evidence of a potential economic recession

The Fed is doing something new: listening to low-income workers

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The 2020 Democratic primary debate over reparations, explained

2020 Democrats share plans to fight poverty at presidential forum

How elite colleges fail half of the poor students they admit

Black voters want 2020 candidates to talk about the economy. At the Black Economic Alliance Forum, they did just that.

Food stamps helped lift the US economy out of the Great Recession

New survey of black voters finds that black communities feel ignored by Democrats

How the baby boomers wrecked the economy for millennials

April jobs report: tons of new jobs and teeny-tiny pay raises

America’s anti-poor tax audits, in one infuriating map