Income distribution, inequality and poverty

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)

State of Working New York 2010: New York starting to see job growth but not yet recovery

September 5, 2010. While New York and the nation have begun to see some modest job growth, unemployment rates remain unacceptably high and recovery is not yet helping most New York workers. New York is hardly unique; from December 2007 through December 2009, the state lost 250,000 jobs, a 2.8 percent job decline. Forty states had even worse job performance over that period. Those with managerial/professional occupations are earning more in New York City, while those in non-managerial/non-professional occupations are … (read more)

Pay more

July 11, 2010.  A letter to the editor by James Parrott, Crain’s New York Business.… (read more)

Measuring New York City’s Wage Adequacy

July 8, 2010. FPI’s Michele Mattingly blogs in the Huffington Post, pointing to “a stark future for the city if most of its largest occupations do not pay median wages that allow an adult employed full-time to meet basic needs, let alone to support a family … too many of New York’s jobs simply do not pay enough for workers to raise themselves and their families to a modest standard of living.”… (read more)

The Self Sufficiency Standard for New York

June 29, 2010. As New York recovers from the current recession, long-term economic prosperity will require responsible planning that puts all New Yorkers on the path to self-sufficiency.

  • What does it take to make ends meet in New York without public or private assistance?
  • How can we measure income adequacy?

The Self-Sufficiency Standard published here answers these questions, using the best tools available to set out practical levels of economic security for New York families and individuals. The Self-Sufficiency Standard … (read more)