The Political Economy of Income Inequality in the United States

  • Kwan S. Kim
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The United States, in comparison to other industrialized democracies, has now a much larger segment of the working poor, and a relatively small segment of wealth-holding elite. In between are the middle Americans who enjoy varying degrees of relative affluence, which in recent years has, however, been diminishing in size in the context of increasing bipolarization of the society. The widening gap between rich and poor and the persistent poverty in the midst of affluence poses an enduring dilemma for American society.


Income Inequality Crime Rate Violent Crime Real Wage Poverty Rate 
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