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Fighting Inequality in the New Gilded Age (Boston Review)
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Sabeel Rahman reviews three new books that ask who is engaging in democracy and how they are doing so in light of today’s economic inequality.
Home Free? (New Yorker)
James Surowiecki looks at Utah’s Housing First and Rapid Rehousing programs as examples of a better approach to solving social problems: investing in prevention.
At the Uber for Home Cleaning, Workers Pay a Price for Convenience (WaPo)
Lydia DePillis compares HomeJoy, an app-based cleaning service, to traditional services that count workers as employees, complete with worker’s compensation for a job that involves harsh chemicals.
Do State Retirement Pensions Belong with Wall Street Hedge Funds? (The Guardian)
Suzanne McGee looks to current arguments in Rhode Island to explain why the high risks and high fees associated with hedge funds make some pension managers think twice.
‘A National Admissions Office’ for Low-Income Strivers (NYT)
David Leonhardt says Questbridge, a non-profit connecting low-income students to full-ride scholarships at top universities, has an innovative approach that is shifting the admissions process.
Americans’ Stagnant Incomes, in Two Depressing Charts (Vox)
Danielle Kurtzleben looks at new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which confirms that U.S. household income remains stagnant and income inequality hasn’t shifted either.
New on Next New Deal
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Saqib Bhatti explains how Wall Street harmed municipalities with risky interest rate swap deals, and argues that those deals may have been illegal and should be fought in court.