Marjorie Elizabeth Wood

Marjorie Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Wood serves as Economic Policy Associate and Managing Editor of Inequality.org at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015
8 Ways to Reduce Global Inequality
Extreme economic inequality is corrosive. It makes poverty reduction harder, hurts our economies, and drives conflict and violence. Reversing this trend presents a significant challenge, but one where we’ve seen some progress. Below we offer eight ways to move the world forward in reducing global...
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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
A Budget Plan for the People
What do you need to know about the 2016 budget plan President Obama released this week? Mostly that it benefits ordinary Americans and pays for it by taxing the rich. It’s a long wish list (150-pages) but here are a few highlights: This is a $4 trillion budget plan packed with all sorts of things...
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed? Obama conveyed this vision by telling the story of Rebekah and Ben Erler...
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Home under National Bridge at Bellona Creek, California. (Photo:  Carl-Henrik Skårstedt/flickr/cc) Views
Saturday, September 27, 2014
The Scourge of Siphon-Up Economics
When the Census released the latest data on inequality , most mainstream media outlets shrugged it off. That’s quite a contrast from earlier this year when inequality was all the rage. Reporters were scrambling to write about it. In January, President Barack Obama made it the focus of his State of...
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Tipping the Scales of Inequality
At a pancake house in Houston, Claudia spent two hours rolling silverware into napkins on a slow weekend night. Without any tables to serve, she wasn’t tipped to supplement her $2.13 hourly wage.
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