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Growing Apart

A Political History of American Inequality

Colin Gordon, Author

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Thinking About Inequality

Americans generally underestimate just how bad the problem is. The work of Dan Ariely and Michael Norton plumbs this question, by asking Americans to choose an ideal distribution of wealth, and to identify or estimate the distribution of wealth in the United States.  Here are two video summaries of this research.

Graphics based on Dan Ariely and Michael Norton, Building a Better America-One Wealth Quintile at a Time, Perspectives on Psychological Science (2011).

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