Brookings Mountain West
Inequality may be the result of global economic forces, but it matters in a local sense. Large population, diverse housing types, and generally progressive politics mean that big cities will always have higher shares of the rich and poor than smaller places. But a city where the rich are very rich, and the poor very poor, is likely to face difficulties educationally, fiscally, and socially. In the face of these economic forces and political gridlock in Washington, many cities are becoming the testing ground for new public policies to fight inequality and promote social mobility: local minimum wages, new affordable housing tools, universal pre-kindergarten, and the like. This lecture will explore the economic and political sources of inequality as a rising force shaping public policies in U.S. cities, and what impacts leading responses might have on the social and economic character of those cities and their wider metropolitan regions.
Income distribution; Social mobility; Urban economics; Urban policy; Urban poor
Economic Policy | Social Policy | Social Welfare | Urban Studies
Inequality, Mobility, and Cities.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/brookings_lectures_events/91