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Whose Bad Choices? How Policy Precludes Prosperity and What We Can Do About It

Whose Bad Choices? How Policy Precludes Prosperity and What We Can Do About It

This report contains the main findings from the research that comprises the 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard. It is a departure from the tone and format of our past Scorecard reports, but a necessary departure if we are to make a meaningful contribution to current national and state policy discussions.

Unrealized Potential: The High Cost of Gender Inequality in Earnings | May 2018

Unrealized Potential: The High Cost of Gender Inequality in Earnings | May 2018

A new report from the World Bank Group shows that inequality is gendered — and the global economy is losing out on $160 trillion by allowing the gender wealth gap to persist. 

Closing the Women's Wealth Gap | January 2017

Closing the Women's Wealth Gap | January 2017

Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap—What It Is, Why It Matters, and What Can Be Done About It aims to inform a national discussion about the women’s wealth gap, and to catalyze movement towards policy and practical solutions that build wealth for low-income women and women of color.

The Color of Wealth in Boston | March 2015

The Color of Wealth in Boston | March 2015

This analysis by the Boston Federal Reserve bank focused on the net wealth for U.S. born blacks, Caribbean blacks, Cape Verdeans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans in Boston. The analysis shows that the net worth of whites as compared with nonwhites is staggeringly divergent.

Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap | 2017

Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap | 2017

This paper explores a number of these popular explanations for the racial wealth gap, looking at individual differences in education, family structure, full- or part-time employment, and consumption habits.