Income distribution, inequality and poverty

Mind the income gap: Rich-and-poor divide continues

May 27, 2012. A letter to the editor by Frank Mauro and James Parrott, Crain’s New York Business.

Greg David’s recent blog post on income inequality (“Flash: Inequality falls dramatically in NYC”) leaves out an important part of the story. Yes, incomes of the top 1% fell during the 2008-09 recession, and the top 1% share of total income declined. But since then, income polarization has clearly resumed.

Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez reported in early March that the top 1% … (read more)

New York’s Unemployment Crisis and Income Polarization: Looking to State Policy for Solutions

December 2, 2011. A presentation by James Parrott at the Center for Working Families’ 2011 NYS policy conference: Good Ideas in Hard and Exciting Times: Policies for New York’s 99%. The last two slides show the overall regressivity of the New York State and New York City tax systems.… (read more)

Scant recovery for workers in NYC: Young workers see gains, but unemployment worsens for older workers

July 20, 2011. This report, the latest on “The State of Working NYC,” finds several crosscurrents in the first year after the job market bottomed out in NYC. Young workers (ages 16-21 and 22-27) gained in the recovery, contrary to the national trend of decreasing employment rates for these age groups. Unfortunately, older workers too bucked the trend: nationally they made small gains, but in NYC they fared worst of all age groups. While NYC’s job growth outpaced the nation’s … (read more)

Who’s Fudging What?

February 1, 2011. A response to an editorial in the New York Post, which argued that New York’s extreme income polarization is not a problem.… (read more)

As Incomes Gap Widens, New York Grows Apart

January 18, 2011. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

Across the state, socioeconomic disparities need to be reduced

January 2, 2011. An op ed by Frank Mauro, Albany Times Union.… (read more)

Grow Together or Pull Further Apart? Income Concentration Trends in New York

December 13, 2010. New data shows that extreme inequality restrains growth for most New Yorkers – polarization trends in New York City and New York State expose an economic fault line. A new report from FPI documents the pronounced concentration of income growth that has occurred in New York State and New York City since 1980 – the first time that state income tax data has been compiled to analyze trends since 1980 in income growth by various segments of … (read more)

Oversight: New York City Poverty 2010 – A Look at the Impact of the Recession on Communities, People, and the Administration’s Poverty Reduction Plan

October 28, 2010. Testimony presented by James Parrott before the New York City Council Committee on Community Development.… (read more)

City Poverty Rate Jumped as the Economy Slumped

September 27, 2010. An article by James Parrott, FPI’s deputy director and chief economist, who writes regularly for Gotham Gazette’s Economy section. Article >>(read more)

Poverty on the Rise in New York and Nation in 2009: Federal Assistance Lessened Recession’s Impact

September 16, 2010. The Census Bureau today released state-level data showing that the poverty rate in New York State rose dramatically from 14.2 percent in 2008 to 15.8 percent in 2009. The number of New Yorkers in poverty jumped by 284,000 to a little over three million. Only once since 1980 – from 1989 to 1990 – has the poverty rate risen more than it did in 2009. The new data also show that 2009 brought a large increase in … (read more)