Julie Matthaei

Julie Matthaei is a professor of economics at Wellesley College, and a co-founder and board member of the U.S. Solidarity Economy Network. Email: jmatthae@wellesley.edu

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Sunday, November 27, 2011 - 11:18am
Occupy Thanksgiving
This Thanksgiving, inspired by the Occupy movement, I have found myself thinking about how my family shares this special meal. When we take a helping of something, we start with a modest serving, to make sure that all will have enough (and that we won’t take too much to eat, and waste some). If there is some left-over after everyone has taken a serving, we may take a second helping. No one takes the last serving of a dish without asking everyone if they want more. This behavior didn’t come naturally to me and my siblings; as children, we had often f
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 8:28am
Why the Occupy Movement is Good for Our Health
Recently, the Congressional Budget Office released a report on income inequality which found that the incomes of the top 1% nearly tripled between 1979 and 2007, whereas those of the middle class increased by less than forty percent. In his 2007 study, Jared Bernstein found that the after-tax income of the top 1% was 21 times higher than that of middle income families in 2005, compared to “only” 8 times higher in 1979.
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