Posts Tagged ‘income distribution’

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    Top Earners

    Oct 20, 11 • 239 Views • No Comments

    A quiz: Looking at the top 1% of earners, how many are in financial services? Close to 75%, 50%, 25% or 10%? The answer: 10% (or precisely 13.9%) Next… How much does the top 1% earn? The 1% threshold is close to $350,000. $200,000, top 5%; 150,000, top...  [read more]

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    Placing the Poverty Line

    Sep 15, 11 • 237 Views • No Comments

    Any family that earns less than 3 times the annual cost of a nutritionally adequate diet is below the poverty line. But should we agree with the placement of the line? If we say that poverty is “relative deprivation, ” then a definition could take...  [read more]

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    Are the Rich Getting Richer?

    Jun 30, 11 • 217 Views • No Comments

    Their conclusion was clear. A recent Federal Reserve study tells us that the rich are getting richer. A closer look, though, reveals it is a lot more complicated. We need to be aware of two issues. How should we define income and wealth? Calculating income,...  [read more]

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    Presidential Pay and the GDP

    Mar 17, 11 • 219 Views • No Comments

     The Economist decided it would be interesting to know how a political leader’s pay compares to what a typical citizen from that country earns. Here are some of the numbers with salary first and then the multiple of per capita GDP next. I’ve...  [read more]

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    Are You Middle Class?

    Dec 16, 10 • 250 Views • No Comments

    What is the “middle class?” In a recent NPR interview, a painting contractor, an employee of Healthy Montana Kids, a man who runs a hi-tech robotic firm, and a hospice worker, all earning between $25,000 and $100,000 annually, said they were...  [read more]