Income inequality, real and personal

Posted to Infographics  |  Tags: ,  |  Nathan Yau

In a different take on the income inequality issue, the Economic Policy Institute, in collaboration with Periscopic, created Inequality Is.

The Inequality.is website brings clarity to the national dialogue on wage and income inequality, using interactive tools and videos to tell the story of how we arrived at the state of inequality we find today and what can be done to reverse course and ensure workers get their fair share.

Inequality is: real, personal, expensive, created, and fixable. These are the categories the interactive takes you through to explain the subject. The first part reminds you of the video we saw on wealth distribution, which showed what people thought was an ideal distribution of wealth, what they thought it was in real life, and then what it actually was. However, in this interactive, you’re the one answering, which sort of sets the stage for the rest of the interactive. The goal is to make the data more relatable.

Be sure to go through the whole piece. It rounds off nicely with a video explanation with public policy professor Robert Reich and ways to shift the inequality in the other direction.

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