Por TIMOTHY NOAH (Slate)
In the late 1970s, a half-century trend toward growing income equality reversed itself. Ever since, U.S. incomes have grown more unequal. Middle-class incomes stagnated while the top 1 percent’s share of national income climbed to 24 percent. Middle-income workers no longer benefit from productivity increases, and upward mobility, long the saving grace of the American economy, has faltered. Why is this happening? In the following 10-part series, Slate’s Timothy Noah weighs eight possible causes of what Princeton economist Paul Krugman has labeled the Great Divergence. This 30-year trend “may represent the most significant change in American society in your lifetime,” Noah writes, “and it’s not a change for the better.”
Timothy Noah’s 10-part series on inequality, published in Slate last September, has won the 2011 Hillman Prize for magazine journalism, an honor awarded annually by the Sidney Hillman Foundation for reporting that “fosters social and economic justice.” It was clear from the moment of publication that “The Great Divergence” struck a chord, treating a profound and complicated issue in an engaging and understandable way, and we’re delighted that the Hillman Foundation has recognized Noah’s work. You can read the series below, or print a PDF.
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