Policymakers and presidential hopefuls are having a spirited debate over whether the U.S. should offer free community college, free public college in general or additional college subsidies directed at low-income students.
In such a world, a full-time minimum wage worker would be earning $48,000 a year in the United States.
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote “Why We Can’t Wait” to dispel the notion that African Americans should be content to proceed on an incremental course toward full equality under the law and in the wider society. King observed,
Although the repo market is little known to most people, it is a $1-trillion-a-day credit machine, in which not just banks but hedge funds and other “shadow banks” borrow to finance their trades.
Across the political spectrum, there is near consensus among these economists that a single-payer system would save money.
The same forces that are driving massive inequality between the top 1 percent and the rest of us are creating a vast generational wealth gap between baby boomers — my generation — and millennials.Millennials aren’t teenagers anymore.
An adolescent’s sense of their own family’s social and economic status is closely linked to that teen’s physical and cognitive health, according to a study of British twins.
People today are espousing some very strange beliefs about the state of our modern economy. We frequently hear things like: We can no longer afford to educate our children, provide universal health care, clean up our polluted environment, innovate around renewable energy resources, provide food, water and basic shelter for all, share...
Rural school closures are causing as much, if not more, upheaval as what’s going on when public schools in Chicago and other cities close.
Partisan wrangling over health reform has perhaps been the most acrimonious issue in Americans politics, exemplified by the failed Clinton health reform efforts in the 1990s and the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Hermit crabs can teach us about wealth inequality, according to a new study.
The idea of reducing the working week from an average of five days to four is gaining traction around the world.
Recently Ontario released its Digital First for Health strategy — aiming to further digitize health care and end the problem of overcrowded hospitals and “hallway medicine.”
Early gifts used to be fruits or nuts, but as this act took on more importance, gifts became larger and less modest, and were placed under a tree.
Some of the most hated companies in the U.S. are also the most profitable.
The year 2019 will be known as the year of retail closures in Canada and the United States.
The double-standards of gender “rules” in society have been disconcertingly evident of late.
The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit education into a for-profit market model
Generic prescription drugs have saved the U.S. about US$1.7 trillion over the past decade. The Food and Drug Administration approved a record 781 new generics in 2018 alone, including generic versions of Cialis, Levitra and Lyrica.
Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide – secrecy and stigma around the issue continue.
The are tremendous health disparities rural Americans face, in terms of both their own health and accessing care.
The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for the first time, according to census projections.
NBC News’ speaks to doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital about how they are coping with drug shortages and the reason they think it is happening.
People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for survival. But do they ever think about their access to microbes?
The Democratic presidential debates, which resume Sept. 12, have highlighted a deep disagreement over the future American health care system.
Numerous anti-government protests have paralyzed cities across the globe for months, from La Paz, Bolivia, to Santiago, Chile, and Monrovia, Liberia, to Beirut.
Once upon a time, not long ago, Mexicans dominated the flow of migrants coming to the U.S. Mexican migration expanded over the course of much of the 20th century and into the start of the 21st century.
Cincinnati Christian College is one of a growing number of colleges and universities – 21 private colleges since 2016 – forced to close their doors for financial reasons. The trend has affected the public sector, too. At least 33 public colleges – including community colleges – have consolidated within their state systems or merged with other institutions since 2016.
America’s farmers have borne the brunt of China’s retaliation in the trade war that President Donald Trump launched in 2018.
Presidential candidates and other politicians have talked about the rural health crisis in the U.S., but they are not telling rural Americans anything new.
Halloween spending is out of control. Americans are expected to spend US$8.8 billion on candy, costumes and decorations this year
Critics would have you believe that upping the minimum wage in restaurants will lead to massive layoffs and closures. But since raising the minimum wageto US$15 per hour nearly a year ago, the restaurant industry in New York City has thrived.
In 1930, a year into the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes sat down to write about the economic possibilities of his grandchildren.
A new way to help lenders make better loan decisions uses the words corporate executives speak on quarterly earnings calls to assess investment risks
Online shopping continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the market value of UK retail was £381 billion of which online transactions made up almost one-fifth. That’s £12.3 billion of grocery items and £58.8 billion of all non-food items purchased online.
President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives can be better achieved by other means.
The idea that we are living in an entrepreneurial age, experiencing rapid disruptive technological innovation on a scale amounting to a new “industrial revolution” is a pervasive modern myth.
The factory model of education is outdated, so what's next? - Conventional schooling was largely designed with an industrial-revolution mindset.
Health care is Americans’ number-one priority, based on recent polls, so it’s no wonder it’s been a hot topic in the Democratic primary.
Over the last two decades, industry funding for medical research has increased globally, while government and non-profit funding has decreased.
An important new study in the United States has found doctors who receive just one cheap meal from a drug company tend to prescribe a lot more of that company’s products.
Tax havens have become a defining feature of the global financial system. Multinational companies can use various schemes to avoid paying taxes in countries where they make vast revenues
In 2010, two economists claimed that graduates of historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, suffer a “wage penalty” – that is, they earn relatively less than they would had they gone to a non-HBCU.
There's An Obvious Reason Wages Aren't Growing, But You Won't Hear It From Treasury Or The Reserve Bank
Wages growth for Australian workers is among the worst in the industrialised world.
As with previous disasters, millions of Americans are trying to figure out the best way to use their money to help people recover.
Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build his border wall.
Migration is getting increasing attention in Australia, with the Morrison government recently putting the focus on settling migrants in regional areas to ease pressure on the capital cities.
Although the U.S. economy continues to grow and add jobs, talk of a recession is increasingly in the air due to a number of worrying signs.
In sociologist Jennifer Silva’s first book, “Coming Up Short,” she interviewed working-class young adults in Lowell, Mass., and Richmond, Virginia.
Most people expect hospital treatment to make them better. But for some, a stay in hospital can actually make them sicker.
Collective bargaining has long been one of organized labor’s most attractive selling points.
The devastating health effects of the opioid epidemic have been well documented, with over 700,000 overdose deaths and millions more affected.
As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that.
Women who work in the arts or services industries, and who are young, are the ones most likely to be working more than one job.
We have known for decades that secular countries tend to be richer than religious ones. Finding out why involves unpicking a complex knot of cognitive and social factors – an imposing task.
Americans no longer regard women as less competent than men on average, according to a nationally representative study of gender stereotypes in the United States.
News reports from across America tell of vehicle residents from virtually every background attempting to settle in cities. They find themselves essentially blocked from local communities and social services, because there are few parking spaces to leave their home where it is safe from tickets or from being towed.
Escaping violence, war, poverty and environmental disaster, more people than ever are migrating worldwide. Some 258 million people – 3.4% of the global population – live outside their country of birth.
Efforts to decrease gender inequality, such as tuition-free primary education and paid parental leave, transform norms and improve health for women and their children, according to a new study.
In the shadow of Monte Pirucho, once a place of worship for the Taino tribe, Tara Rodríguez Besosa pulls a long, spiny plant from the bed of a small community garden and begins plucking its leaves.
A quarter of a century ago, on July 5, 1994, a company, which shared a name with the world’s largest river, was incorporated. It sold books to customers who got to its website through a dial-up modem.
Whether it was the physicist Niels Bohr or the baseball player Yogi Berra who said it – or, most likely, someone else – it is indeed hard to make predictions, especially about the future.
The UK is experiencing record levels of employment, with over 32m people in work. But many workers and their families continue to struggle to survive financially
There is nothing natural about money. There is no link to some scarce essential form of money that sets a limit to its creation.
The idea of the living wage is back on the political agenda. In the United States the Democrats are proposing to double the federal minimum wage.
Sharing Profits And Ownership With Workers Not Only Make Them Happier, It Benefits The Bottom Line Too
Near-record low unemploymenthas companies fumbling to find the best ways to recruit and retain workers. Our research suggests a sure-fire way to do just that: give them a real stake.
Robert Reich explains why labor unions impact the middle class and raise wages.
Hardly a week goes by without another story in the media covering a family somewhere in America dealing with an outrageous medical bill.
Google is digesting its third whopping antitrust penalty from the European Commission, having been fined €1.5 billion (£1.3 billion) for abusing its market dominance around online advertising.
Robert Reich and W. Kamau Bell explain the criminalization of poverty and the flaws in our criminal justice system.
As the federal election approaches, we’re expected to drown in slogans like “lower taxes”, “wage growth”,
Less than half of school-aged children in the United States are flourishing, research finds.
Early childhood education programs can benefit life outcomes in ways that span generations, new research shows.
So runs the story of one of the Italian nuns I interviewed earlier this year, as part of a wider investigation into the unsung contributions of women workers, and why they have been historically undervalued.
A college education can set you up for a lifetime – though it can come with a hefty price tag
Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez’s latest book is an essential if enraging read.
The politics of climate change in Australia has always been about the costs of change.
The story about how we started to think this way about food is closely linked to the rise of the potato as a national starch.
Robert Reich explain how the wealthy and corporations receive billions in corporate welfare.
With the U.S.-China trade war intensifying, there is a lot of talk about whether tariffs save American jobs – as President Donald Trump claims – or destroy them.
Recently, the Ontario government proposed educational reforms that collectively amount to savings of almost $1 billion, according to an analysis by the charity People for Education.
The idea that has been passed around by most conservative and liberal government leaders and representatives is that little can be done for the people because "money" is in short supply.
Dollar Stores Are Taking Over the Grocery Business, and It’s Bad News for Public Health and Local Economies
A new report shows growth of dollar stores in low-income and rural communities furthers inequity and pushes out local businesses.
The current outbreak of measles has startled public health practitioners, who declared measles controlled over two decades ago.
Medical robots are helping doctors and other professionals save time, lower costs and shorten patient recovery times, but patients may not be ready.
While critics charge that charter schools are siphoning money away from public schools, a more fundamental issue frequently flies under the radar: the questionable business practices that allow people who own and run charter schools to make large profits.
There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being.
Teacher strikes swept the United States in 2018, from West Virginia to Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina and beyond.
A sister company of Google, Alphabet’s Wing Aviation, just got federal approval to start using drones for commercial delivery.
Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemployment?
The banking system is a source of great confusion for many people, How was fractional reserve Banking put together, what is the history of banking in the United States?
From the valsartan blood pressure drug contamination that exposed thousands of patients to cancer-causing impurities, to a massive pacemaker recall undertaken to fix a hazardous software bug in half-a-million cardiac devices, health care product quality problems are ever-present and highly dangerous.
Robert Reich debunks 12 misconceptions about tax policy in America.
In 1950, men and women at age 65 could expect to live about 11 years more on average. Today, that number has gone up to 17, and the United Nations forecasts that it will increase by about five more years by the end of the century.
Robert Reich explains how the modern economy really works and what we can do expand economic opportunity. Watch More
Australia’s national minimum wage should become a “living wage”, according to a new campaign from the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). But what exactly is a living wage?
“Digital ethics and privacy” shot into research and advisory company Gartner’s top ten strategic technology trends for 2019. Before that it barely raised a mention.
There has been an impressive expansion in school enrolment in India since the early 2000s. Despite this, India is in the midst of a “learning crisis”, with improvements in learning lagging behind increases in enrolment.
Society’s expectations about gender roles alter the human brain at the cellular level, according to a new paper.